Maria Fernandez was born in Argentina and and now lives works in both Melbourne, Australia, and Barcelona, Spain. She moves between the two countries following the sun and is continuously inspired by the strong artistic cultures of the places where she lives or visits. The magnificent Mediterranean coast and the extreme Australian landscape are her main sources of inspiration. In addition, instinct and spontaneity are key factors that accompany her creative vision.
Maria’s technique is characterized by innovative and complex use of visual imagery, textures, color, and mark-making. She experiments with different media and techniques using acrylic, oil, cold wax, encaustic, collage, as well as some unusual materials like bitumen and cement, to express herself with total freedom and no boundaries.
Maria loves architecture and interior design, and her large-scale paintings are ideal for homes and workspaces. She thinks that works of art should be appreciated not only occasionally in art galleries or museums but also in our own homes, where we can see and enjoy them every day.
Maria provides viewers with the engaging experience of finding shapes within shapes and images behind images, to provide them with a captivating, nurturing, emotional passage through the canvas.
Maria Fernandez has had the following solo international exhibitions and participated in 16 collective shows. Her paintings are inventories of fragments of her life and the nature that surrounds her.
2022 - “Abstracta”, Studio 42 Arte y Diseño, Barcelona Spain
2022 - “Nillumbik Artists Open Studios”, Eltham North Australia
2020 - “Unimaginable”, Alternating Current ArtSpace, Melbourne Australia
2019 - “De Arena y Mar”, Studio 42 Arte y Diseño, Barcelona Spain
2018 - “Two Lives”, Retorno Studio Gallery, Barcelona Spain
2014 - “Fresh Perspectives”, Art at Linden Gate Gallery, Yarra Glen Australia
2013 - “Agua y Tierra”, The Light Factory Gallery, Eltham
2009 - Two photographs were commended in the Melbourne “Eco-city photography competition”
2014 - “Nillumbik Prize” (Finalist), Montsalvat Barn Gallery, Eltham Australia
2013 - “Flanagan Art Prize” (Finalist) – University of Ballarat, Ballarat Australia