Patrick Fernandez’s immigrant art showcased in solo exhibit in Canada

Patrick Fernandez's Luntian
The Saskatchewan-based Patrick Fernandez communicates important issues such as climate change and humanity’s responsibility to care for the planet in his Luntian paintings. Photo from Patrick Fernandez.

Filipino artist Patrick Fernandez’s exhibition “Luntian” (Green) was showcased at the 5th Edition of Art NOW Fine Art Fair 2020, which showcases the works of established and emerging artists and artisans from across Canada.

Fernandez is represented by The Woods Artspace and is the only artist to have a solo exhibit at the premier event. The rest of the participating creators joined the group exhibitions.

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Patrick Fernandez’s Luntian paintings draw inspiration from his experiences as an immigrant moving to ‘greener pastures’ with his Filipino identity and traditions intact. His whimsical paintings are known for their strong color combinations and belong to the pop surrealism genre.

Born in Taal, Batangas, the Filipino artist also lived in Montalban, Rizal, and in Lingayen, Pangasinan. He moved to Regina, Saskatchewan with his wife in 2017.

Working mostly on paintings, prints, and mixed media, Fernandez’s work combines subjects of subtle satire, political statements, and cultural critique and “actualize significant moments in his life when meaning is created by symbolizing immediate experience in the interest of heightened consciousness and personal growth.”

The Art NOW Fine Art Fair was first held online and later on location at galleries throughout Saskatchewan from September 17 to 27, 2020. A total of 17 galleries participated in this year’s art fair.

Fernandez’s Luntian exhibit is still ongoing until October 24, 2020, at The Woods Artspace gallery.

Fernandez's Luntian exhibit

Filipino artists are making a statement with their ‘green’ artwork amid the pandemic to boost environmental sustainability.

OFW architect Rowel Naanep crafted the iconic miniature Jeepney from recycled materials.

Bohol native Pedro Angco Jr. advocated for cleaner seas through colorful artwork fashioned from collected ocean debris while Iloilo student Edgian James Florida expressed his love for nature and fashion through his artwork which incorporates leaves, petals, and other natural materials found in the Philippines.

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