A Creative Mind For Our Times
STORY OF AN ARTIST
Fernando Escartiz was born in Mexico City. He began his passion for the arts in his early childhood, and never stopped again. In 2000, Fernando became an assistant to Enrique Miralda, one of Mexico's most renowned sculptors. Although Fernando grew up as a self-taught artist, Miralda taught him new and complex sculpture techniques that he added to his own style. Fernando was also influenced by renowned Mexican sculptor Fernando Pereznieto, a good friend of his who died in 2000.
Fernando's inspiration often comes from his obsessions, including traveling and his deep observation of the world around him. Fernando says that traveling presents the wonderful possibilities of finding new textures, colors, shapes and feelings; elements that are then mixed to bring to life his sculptures and paintings.
Fernando's first large-scale commission came when San Francisco Symphony Hall asked him to build a large arch on a staircase to welcome the audience of the Day of the Dead Community Concert in 2010. Since then, he has made many custom pieces for them every year. For that same event, he created a 4-meter-tall skeleton that was also on display at the Oakland Museum in 2017.
He has also created monumental sculptures for the Redwood City events of Chinese Lunar Year festival and the annual Day of the Dead Celebration, which attracts more than 10,000 spectators. In October 2019, Fernando was the featured artist in the Redwood City Art Kiosk public-art installation series.
Fernando is a member of the non-profit Casa Círculo Cultural, where he teaches art classes and works for various events in Northern California.
"What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?"