Adrian Fernandez Milanes

Adjunct Instructor

Adrian Fernandez Milanes

Adrián Fernández studied visual arts at the San Alejandro Fine Arts Academy (2004) and at the Superior Institute of Arts (2010) in Havana, Cuba. He works as an independent artist and as a professor of Documentary Photography in Havana for New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Office of Special Programs Abroad.

Early in his career he began to experiment with photographic media, in which he has developed much of his art, expanding his practice in recent years to three-dimensional installation and sculpture works.

The metal structures found in his sculptures arise from simple geometric figures that are interconnected giving shape to more complex volumes, which sometimes appear to be unfinished or abandoned constructions in the process of creation.

His photography has developed from black-and-white with a documentary perspective to studio photography and the use of digital images with computer generated content.

One of his main motivating concerns is the impact of the material culture on contemporary man. In his photographs, the objects of everyday life that inhabit our existence function as symbols that tells about the identity of the individuals that owns them that speak about their believes, history and the social and cultural context that surrounds them.

The series "Pending Memories" is his most recent work, which expands his creative process and links black and white documentary photography with digitally generated content. Here Fernández incorporates elements of architecture and engineering software to achieve images that challenge the viewer's perception by proposing a new imaginary reality.

Adrián Fernández has exhibited in group and solo shows in Cuba, United States, Mexico, Panama, France, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland.

His work can be found in the collections of The Houston Museum of Fine Arts, 21C Museum Hotels, Perez Art Museum Miami, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, La Habana.