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Fernando Olivera
Room 1 - Paintings

Biography - Fernando Olivera was born in the city of Oaxaca in 1962. He studied art at the Escuela de Bellas Artes at the Benito Juarez University in Oaxaca. He went on to study lithography with Japanese print-maker Shinzaburo Takeda at the Taller de Artes Rufino Tamayo.
Exhibitions - In addition to five solo shows in Mexico, Olivera has participated in group shows in Mexico City, El Salvador, Montana, San Francisco, Palo Alto, Chicago and Philadelphia (including five group shows at Indigo). He illustrated the award-winning children's book, The Woman Who Outshone the Sun, based on a Mixtec folk tale, published by Children's Book Press. Olivera's work was included in the 1994 show "Myth & Magic: Oaxaca Past and Present" organized by the Palo Alto Cultural Center. His work was also included in The Tree is Older than You Are, a 1995 collection of Mexican poems and stories published by Simon and Schuster.
The Work - Olivera's vision is grounded in the traditional life of Oaxaca and the myths and legends of its people. But his work also reflects his social and political concerns. Much of his recent work is preoccupied with the ongoing Zapatista uprising in Chiapas.



The Woman Who Outshone the Sun / La Mujer que Brillaba aun mas que el Sol
Award-winning Children's Book
Text by Alejandro Cruz Martinez
Illustrated by Fernando Olivera,
Published by the Children's Book Press
San Francisco, 1991

$15.95 (hardcover) Out of print

7.95 (paperback)


Fernando Olivera in his studio - Oaxaca, 2010
(Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher)


Fernando Olivera in his studio - Oaxaca, 2006
(Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher)


Fernando Olivera - Oaxaca, 2002
(Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher)


Nuestros Ideales Prohibidos Flores Eran Libertados
Fernando Olivera (Oaxaca, Mexico),
Oil on canvas (33 5/8" x 41"), 2006

Price on request



Fallen Woman
Original Book Illustration
Fernando Olivera (Oaxaca, Mexico),
Gouache on paper (21" x 23"), 1995

Price on request



Angel de la Selva (Angel of the Forest)
Fernando Olivera (Oaxaca, Mexico),
Oil on canvas (100cm x 80cm - 39 1/4" x 31 1/4"), 2010

Price on request

SOLD 12/2010



Camionsito Rojo
Fernando Olivera (Oaxaca, Mexico),
Gouache on paper (14 1/8" x 22 1/4", 36 x 52 cm), 2011

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Bad Dream
Original Book Illustration
Fernando Olivera (Oaxaca, Mexico),
Gouache on paper (21" x 23"), 1995

Price on request



¿A Donde Van Los Desaparecidos? (Where are the Disappeared?)
Fernando Olivera (Oaxaca, Mexico),
Oil on canvas (20cm x 20cm - 8" x 8"), 2011

Price on request

SOLD 6/2012

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