Soft-spoken and frail of built, Dex Fernandez seems like a fragile, benign presence among the art world’s more flamboyant, blusterous characters. But his art is anything but timid and delicate. Fernandez
There is also stillness about the artist, a sense of balance amidst the chaos of the real world. This too is evident in his works with the artist creating tension between opposing elements which he tempers with vibrant graphics without losing the artwork’s serious tenor.
Fernandez’s practice encompasses both fine art and public art. Garapata, a character based on the fleas that once took over his childhood home, symbolizes the artist’s direct and simpler approach to street art. Of late, Fernandez noticed an unconscious merging of the two branches of his practice which he found disconcerting at first.
Dex Fernandez with his "Garapata"
“Nag-meet sila sa gitna, in terms of theme, medium, and concepts,” he says. “Hindi ko matanggap. Sa sobrang spontaneous ko, ’yan ang kilabasan. Pero inaral ko... Ngayon happy na ako. ”
For Art Fair Philippines 2017, Fernandez worked on an animation project where random people, both from the art circles and the streets, become participants in the process of creation. “
Together with Globe Platinum, the artist set up a booth at Art Fair that integrated an interactive aspect for guests to enjoy. Guests were encouraged to give the