Fidencio Duran

About

Fidencio Duran tells visual stories that honor the history of his family and community.  His artwork appears in public and private art collections in the United States and abroad.  They have been exhibited by institutions from the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, IL, Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, TX, Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos, NM to the Smithsonian Latino Center/Fundacion Osde in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  One of his most prominent works, The Visit graces the length of the west ticket counter at Austin Bergstrom International Airport.  Duran has the distinction of being the only artist to receive all three Dallas Museum of Art’s Awards to Artists.  He was awarded the Clare Hart DeGolyer Memorial Fund Award in 1983, the Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough Fund Award in 1990, and the Otis and Velma Davis Dozier Travel Grant in 1996.  He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin and has taught and lectured at UT/Austin, Austin Community College and Texas State University in San Marcos, TX.

ARTIST STATEMENT

My work transforms personal and community memories into  celebrations of culture, history, and the beauty in our everyday lives.  Drawing with graphite I develop the idea using linear perspective to set a location and lighting for the narratives. Layering of opaque and translucent acrylics  results in vivid fluid arrangements that evoke a sense of nostalgia for the past.  They espouse the value of living in close relation to the earth, the strength of family, and community. My work is a form of cultural assertion by depicting aspects of my family’s history as tenant farmers in central Texas from the 1920’s to 1960’s. With this narrative approach I  also produce public murals portraying the cultural, economic, and political history of communities, neighborhoods, regions, and sites.

 

Image Gallery

At SFAI

The three months spent at SFAI were instrumental in developing a different direction in my work. I also participated with public arts by painting a mural for a national program and continued the exploration of my work based on autobiographical imagery.

 

Additional Work

FIDENCIO DURAN WEBSITE

Fidencio Duran | eklektx

Fidencio Duran | eklektxhttps://www.eklektx.com/fidencio-duran/They were poor, but they had each other. No TV, no fancy toys and none of the modern things most kids take for granted. Fidencio Duran lived with his eight brothers and a sister on a tenant farm in south Texas. Dad broke his back picking cotton, corn and maize in the sticky, hot fields. Mom cooked…

Going Public: Southeast Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month with Artist Fidencio Duran | KRCU

Going Public: Southeast Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month with Artist Fidencio Duran | KRCUhttp://tinyurl.com/hyxdgokAs celebrations for National Hispanic Heritage month continue, the Crisp Museum at Southeast’s River Campus is hosting the exhibit Estamos Aquí .

Parque Zaragoza Murals: Comite; Patriota, Cinco de Mayo and Diez y Seis | Public Art Archive

Parque Zaragoza Murals: Comite; Patriota, Cinco de Mayo and Diez y Seis | Public Art Archivehttps://www.publicartarchive.org/node/71642Description:  Located in the multi-purpose room and main lobby of a community recreation center, these three murals depict the community’s cultural and historical heritage.
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