Jake Fernanez is a professional fine artist specializing in landscape, including site-specific commissioned paintings for public and private spaces. He works in oil on wood panels, oil on canvas or linen, and pastel, both in small and large scale.
Born in Havana, Cuba in 1951, Jake Fernandez and his family moved permanently to Miami, Florida in 1961. At the age of six years old, Fernandez’ great interest in the arts and music was evident. Of his early years, he says,“I was mesmerized by paint on a flat surface. My grandmother had some 19th century genre and landscape paintings and I remember staring at them in awe. I thought they were magical.”He began drawing at the age of seven years and as well studied music. Later as a child he began to study under Felix Ramos, son of Domingo Ramos, a well-known Cuban landscape painter.
He attended the University of Florida, graduating in 1976 with a BFA and then went on to the University of South Florida where he received his MFA in 1979. Also he studied with the American painter, Hiram D. Williams, who was an important teacher to him. Although stylistically very different from Fernadez’ art work, he found his ideas about art were interesting and challenging.
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