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 situations. Converted into surreal scenarios, these  situations represent a critique to a western system (immersed in a consumer 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.

MANIFIESTO

Mi trabajo surge de la necesidad de crear un lenguaje visual a partir de la representación crítica de realidades contextuales. Pretende ser la forma como con-secuencia del fondo, cuyo resultado no es sino el registro de un proceso reflexivo.

Actualmente me interesa el estudio en profundidad de cómo vive la sociedad, a través de la visión que ella misma tiene sobre la existencia de la muerte.

Mediante la pintura, intento construir situaciones anti-dogmáticas. Convertidas en escenarios surreales, estas situaciones representan una crítica a un sistema occidental -inmerso en una sociedad de consumo- que nos mantiene negados a vivir en armonía con nuestra condición, inherente, de seres mortales y espirituales.

Creo que el estar conscientes de la existencia de la muerte, nos puede permitir entender el significado de la vida.

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FERNANDO GÓMEZ BALBONTÍN

(1981) Santiago, Chile
Lives in Santiago, Chile.
visual artist · architect

EDUCATION

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

RESIDENCIES

2014 
· Da Wang Culture Highland, Shenzhen, China.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014
· “Thoughts about Life and Death”. April 5 – May 5. Da Wang Culture Highland, A building gallery, Shenzhen, China.
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.
· “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.
· 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
· Arte de Fernando Gómez Balbontín. zupi.com.br
· Fernando Gómez Balbontín’s haunting depictions of a car wrecks. hifructose.com
· Fernando Gómez Balbontín. Santiago, Chile. artistaday.com
· Fernando Gómez Balbontín: Thoughts about life and death. oneart.org
· Made in Chile: Reflexiones sobre la vida y la muerte. elsafari.cl
· Published in for-example.org
· “El fondo de la imagen”. Interview.  Urbe Salvaje.
2012

· Participant at Kira Sjöberg Collection, “100 curators, 100 days”. saatchionline.com
· “From the Studio of Fernando Gómez Balbontín”. Interview. saatchionline.com
· Participant at Roger Taylor Collection (Duran Duran’s drummer). saatchionline.com
· Published in jueso.diandian.com
· Participant of “The Many Shades of Gray” Collection”. saatchionline.com
· “The art of a car crash”. milkmade.com
2011
· Published in emptykingdom.com
· “Pintor captura a chica que pasa indiferente frente a la muerte”. Interview. “Las Últimas Noticias” Newspaper. Chile.
· “Cabeza de ratón: El arte emergente tiene ganadores”. artishock.cl
· “Concurso de arte joven “Cabeza de ratón” ya tiene ganadores”. Mavi.cl
· “El artista que retrató todas las caras del litio”. Interview. “El Mercurio” Newspaper. Chile.
· Published in thenewcollectorsbook.com
· “A non-egocentric death”. aqnb.com
· Participant at “Art We Love” Collection. saatchionline.com
· Representing the “Art Of The Day”. saatchionline.com
2010
· “El vacío abundante”. Interview. “Vivienda y Decoración” Magazine. Chile.
2009
· Published in “Casas” Magazine. Chile.
· Published in “ED” Magazine. Chile.
2008
· Published in “Casas” Magazine. Chile.
· Published in “+ Decoración” Magazine, Chile.
· Exhibited in “La Red” TV. Chile.
2007
· “Je emoties in toom houden” “De Volkskrant” Newspaper. Netherlands.