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.
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.
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.