Adrián Fernández Milanés

Born in 1984 - Cuba


Born in Havana (Cuba) in 1984, Adrián Fernández Milanés has studied visual arts at the Academy of Fine Arts of Alejandro San from 2000 to 2004 and then at the the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, from 2005 to 2010. Even though he specialized in sculpture, he began to experiment with photography quite early in his career, and it later became his favorite medium of expression.

His work uses the image as and identity element. He explores the image that defines the identity of a group or a social sector through the elements that characterize it from an iconographic point of view.

In three of its projects ""Estilo de vida"" (Lifestyle), ""Retrato"" (Portrait), ""Del Ser o del Parecer" (Of Being, or of Appearing to Be), Adrian Fernandez captures the lifestyle and the personal and material universe of a part of the population who still lives in Nuevo Vedado, one of the Havana districts where the Cuban upper classes used to live before 1959. The artist shows pieces of a reality that still lasts in the current Cuban social system. The facades of the houses in this neighborhood, their interiors and decorative objects of their domestic space are photographed separately.

The artist currently works as an independent artist and documentary photography professor for the NYU, the Tisch School of the Arts, the Office of Special Program Abroad and the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba. He has had several collective and solo shows internationally, and his work is part of many private and public collections throughout the world.

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"Epilogues of the idealized image", Servando Gallery, La Havane, (Cuba)

"Life Style", Houston Center for Photography, Houston, Texas, (USA)

"Sketches for a profile study", Center for the Development of Visual Arts, La Havane, (Cuba)

"Limits" Juan David Gallery, Yara Movie Cultural Center, La Havane, (Cuba)

"IN & OUT", Province Center of Fine Arts and Design, La Havane, (Cuba)
"Otros puntos en el Espacio", Fototeca de Cuba, La Havane, (Cuba)

"Límites", José A. Díaz Peláez Gallery, San Alejandro Fine Arts Academy, La Havane, (Cuba)


"Nordic Light International Photography Festival", Kristiansund, (Norway)

"Phnom Penh Photo Festival", Quai Sisovath, Phnom Penh, (Cambodia)
"In the Light of Cuban Eyes", Cuban photography from the collection of Madeleine Plonnker, Lake Forrest, (USA)
"The Art of Photography Show", Museum of the Living Artist, San Diego, California, (USA)
"Contemporary Cuban Photography", Photo Aix Festival, Fontaine Obscure Gallery, Aix de Provence, (France)
"In Bad Shape", 11th La Havane Biennial Collateral exhibition, San Carlos de la Cabaña, La Havane, (Cuba)

"2011 Auction", Houston Center for Photography, Houston, Texas, (USA)
"Lineart", Gand, (Belgium)
"Studio 7ma y 60", Anvers, (Belgium)
"Photoquai 2011", Museé du Quai Branly, Paris, (France)
"Photo Forum 2011", Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, (USA)

"To Be or to Pretend", Carrie Haddad Photographs Gallery, Hudson, New York (USA)
"El otro extremo de la bala", Cuba Pavilion, La Havane, (Cuba)

"Contemporary Cuban Photography", Paseo de la Reforma, Bosque de Chapultepec, Mexico, (Mexico)
"V Contemporary Cuban Art Salon", Center for the Development of Visual Arts, La Havane, (Cuba)

"Cubanos Convertibles",Galeria La Havane, La Havane, (Cuba)

"Ni a favor ni en contra, todo lo contrario", Cátedra de Arte Conducta, Superior Institute of Art, Arts and Literature Faculty, La Havane University, La Havane, (Cuba)
"Visitaciones al Héroe, variaciones de la duda", Sala Cero Gallery, Alliance Française, La Havane, (Cuba)
"Masa Crítica", Center for the Development of Visual Arts, La Havane, (Cuba)

"Reencuentro", Fototeca de Cuba, St. Francis of Asis's Convent Gallery, La Havane, (Cuba)

"Entrópicos II", Paix Foundation of Guatemala, Old City, (Guatemala)

"Luces y Sombras", St. Francis of Asis's Convent Gallery, La Havane, (Cuba)
"Espacio Abierto", Sculptural ensemble San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts, La Havane, (Cuba)

"Novísima Fotografía Cubana", Tuxtla Gutiérrez City, Chiapas, (Mexico)
"Espacios Interiores", Young Cuban Photographers, Fototeca de (Cuba)
"8th La Havane Biennial". La Havane, (Cuba)

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