Roberto G. Fernández Ibáñez was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1955. His love for photography began when he was 28 years old, when his wife gifted him an issue of Popular Photography magazine. Since then, he began a long self-taught way to master photographic processes and techniques.

In 1985 he constructed his first darkroom, where he spent his free time after his work in the chemical industry. In that year he was invited to show some of his works in a collective exhibition and in 1986 his work gained recognition in his country. 1987 was the year of his first solo exhibition, and since that moment on, he had participated in many collective or solo shows. His work was seen by Wendy Watriss in 1991, who invited him to show the series “Pending Photographs” in Houston FotoFest’ 92, Texas, USA. Between 1992 and up to day, he has exhibited worldwide and his works are included in private and public collections in many countries.

His early studies on Chemistry helped him to investigate different darkroom techniques and to make his own formulas. In 2006 he decided to dedicate all his time to fine arts, and in 2010 he moved with his family to Solymar, countryside near Montevideo, where he built his second darkroom, a more comfortable and safer one for his new printing processes.

Roberto is continuously concentrating his efforts in the search of new projects, techniques and processes for his unique photographic prints. His photographs had been exhibited in the Americas, Europe and Asia, as well as published in magazines and in books. He also writes, designs and makes handmade artist’ books that include haiku, prose, drawing, calligraphy, photography and mixed media.

Roberto was winner of the International Portfolio Review Forum at the Festival of Light, Argentine, in 2004 and 2014. Besides being Honored Guest at FotoFest '92, he was selected to FotoFest International Discoveries 2007 and 2015, Houston, Texas, U.S.A.

His works were exhibited in Biennial FotoFest 2016 "Changing Circumstances", Houston, Texas, USA.

He received First Prize at V Municipal Salon of Arts, Montevideo, Uruguay. He was honored with the Uruguayan Morosoli Award in Arts, in recognition to his artistic trajectory and his contribution to Uruguayan Culture.

Roberto lives and works in Solymar, a seaside near Montevideo.

Artist statement

I base my work in three pillars: the idea, the chose of a technique and the selection of materials to express what I want to. I am prepared to receive Chance: it is welcome when I’m investigating my new processes and formulas. I think of it as a fortuitous event that must be always taken into account. Once discovered, I try to put it under control, although perhaps it’s at the inverse. For the developing of film and for the printing of my photographs I use formulas of my own, trying to give each picture a special atmosphere.

For my paintings and my artist’ books I work with different materials and tools. It doesn’t bother me not to have a definite style. Style, in fact stylus, is a word to denote a tool. Ideas and tools express different things in my photographic portfolios, in my artist’ books or in my paintings. In some way they outline my self. They are reflections of interests and moods’ fluctuations along my life and times.

I am mainly interested in the frontier between the real and the imaginary, mythology, symbolism, metaphor as an expressive tool, environment, human condition and its search for transcendence.

To quest, to investigate, to answer: these are my aims and my leitmotivs.

Among the places where I exhibited my works are:

The Center for Fine Art Photography
CIIS, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, USA
Stanley Street Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Fototeca Latino Americana, Buenos Aires, Argentina
The Museum of Latin-American Art of the O.A.S., Washington D.C.
Galería Casa Cano, Bogotá, Colobmia
FotoFest Headquarters, Houston
Lianzhou Foto Festival, China
Institute of Hispanic Culture, Houston
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.A.
FotoGalería of CTBA Teatro San Martín, Buenos Aires
Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires
Arte x Arte Gallery, Buenos Aires
Foto Galería Municipal Center, Provincia of Santa Fe
La Rábida Museum, Huelva, Spain
ABC Treehouse, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
National Museum of Visual Arts, Montevideo
Municipal Exhibitions’ Center, Montevideo
CdF Center of Photography, Montevideo
Museum of Migrations, Montevideo
Museum Juan Manuel Blanes, Montevideo
Museum and Municipal Historical Archive (Cabildo), Montevideo
Galería ‘A Cielo Abierto’ of CdF, Montevideo
Ministerial of Education and Culture, Montevideo
FotoClub Uruguayo, Montevideo
Sala Carlos Sáez of Ministerial of Transport, Montevideo
Gallery and Museum La Puerta de San Juan, Montevideo
Galería of Notariado, Montevideo
National Library, Montevideo
Centro Cultural de México, Montevideo
Centro Cultural Kavlin, Maldonado
Fundación Atchugarry, Maldonado

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