Fernando Gómez Balbontín

Fernando Gómez Balbontín

Born in 1981, Santiago, Chile
Lives and works in Santiago, Chile

Statement:

My work emerges from the necessity to create a visual language based on the critical representation of contextual realities. The purpose is to build a shape as a con-secuence of the content, and the result of it is nothing but the register of a thoughtful process. I am currently interested in an in-depth study on how our society lives. This excercise is done through analysing the view that society itself has about the existence of death.

Through painting I try to build anti-dogmatic realities. Converted into surreal scenarios, these realities represent a critique to a western system (immersed in a consumption society) that keeps us in denial of living in harmony with our inherent condition of mortal and spiritual beings.

I believe that being aware of the existence of death can allow us to understand the meaning of life.


Education:

  • 2001-2006. Six-year degree in Architecture. Finis Terrae University. Santiago, Chile.
  • 1987-2000. Cumbres School. Santiago, Chile.


Solo exhibitions:

  • 2011. Li, Las Condes Cultural Corporation. Santiago, Chile.
  • 2000. Obras recopiladas, University for Development. Organized by Cumbres School. Santiago, Chile.


Group exhibitions:

  • 2012. 100 curators, 100 days, Virtual Collection , curated by Kira Sjöberg. Saatchi Online Gallery.
  • 2011-2012. Cabeza de ratón, Museum of Visual Arts (MAVI). Santiago, Chile.
  • 2011. Art Paris. Saatchi Online Gallery. Paris, France.
  • 2008. Year-end sale. Patricia Ready Gallery. Santiago, Chile.
  • 2008. Hombre al Desnudo. Praxis Gallery. Santiago, Chile.
  • 2000-2001. Arte Actual Gallery. Santiago, Chile.
  • 1996. SANTAM. Tajamares Museum, organized by the Embassy of South Africa together with the Cultural Corporation of Providencia. Santiago, Chile.


Awards:

  • 2011. Third place in “Cabeza de ratón” Contest,  Museum of Visual Arts (MAVI). Santiago, Chile.
  • 2011. Finalist in Showdown Nº5 Contest, Saatchi Online Gallery.
  • 2003-2006. Scholarship for Architecture Development, Las Condes Council. Santiago, Chile.
  • 2003-2005. Scholarship for Architecture Development, Finis Terrae University. Santiago, Chile.
  • 2004. Scholarship for Architecture Development, Finis Terrae University. Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.
  • 1999. First place in Interscholastic Painting Contest, organized by Deutsche Schule. Santiago, Chile.
  • 1996. Selected in International Student Art contest “SANTAM”, organized by South African embassy together with Cultural Corporation of Providencia. Santiago, Chile.


Publications:

  • 2013. Made in Chile: Reflexiones sobre la vida y la muerte. elsafari.cl
  • 2013. Published in for-example.org
  • 2013. “El fondo de la imagen”. Interview.  Urbe Salvaje.
  • 2012. Published in jueso.diandian.com
  • 2012. “The art of a car crash”. milkmade.com
  • 2011. Published in emptykingdom.com
  • 2011. “Pintor captura a chica que pasa indiferente frente a la muerte”. Interview. “Las Últimas Noticias” Newspaper. Chile.
  • 2011. “Cabeza de ratón: El arte emergente tiene ganadores”. artishock.cl
  • 2011. “Concurso de arte joven “Cabeza de ratón” ya tiene ganadores”. Mavi.cl
  • 2011. “El artista que retrató todas las caras del litio”. Interview. “El Mercurio” Newspaper. Chile.
  • 2011. Published in thenewcollectorsbook.com
  • 2010. “A non-egocentric death”. aqnb.com
  • 2010. “El vacío abundante”. Interview. “Vivienda y Decoración” Magazine. Chile.
  • 2009. Published in “Casas” Magazine. Chile.
  • 2009. Published in “ED” Magazine. Chile.
  • 2008. Published in “Casas” Magazine. Chile.
  • 2008. Published in “+ Decoración” Magazine, Chile.
  • 2008. Exhibited in “La Red” TV. Chile.
  • 2007. “Je emoties in toom houden” “De Volkskrant” Newspaper. Netherlands.