Fernando Tamburini was born in 1961 in Barahona, Dominican Republic. Graduated from the Altos de Chavón School of Design in 1987 and travelled to NYC where he worked as a fashion and textile designer. Between 1990-1994 he exhibited collectively in major galleries and museums of the US: Jadite Gallery; The Paterson Museum, New Jersey; and Jeshiva University Museum, NY; The Cork Gallery At Lincoln Center, NY. In 1995 he was Artist in Residence at the Fundación Centro Cultural Altos de Chavón. In this same year he took over the Altos de chavón Gallery, which conducted commendable work until 1997. Among his most important exhibitions in Dominican Republic are the Santo Domingo XX National Biennial of Visual Arts, Museum of Modern Art (1995); Art-Object, Nouveau Foundation of Contemporary Art (1998); First International Encounter of Small Format Printmaking, Nouveau Foundation of Contemporary Art (1997); Eight Faces, Space Gallery, Santo Domingo; In Dreams, Spanish Cultural Center; Papier, Space Gallery; Untitled, Guayasamín Foundation and recently in a NY art fair; Agora Gallery, Miami; and the Altos de Chavón Gallery with two singles and two reunionss with Kikito Cataldi. Currently produces work in his studio in La Romana, Dominican Republic.
I consider my work to be symbolic, characterized by the use of warm, bright, contrasting colors, strongly marked by magical imagery and a depth of identity. The house as a female symbol, the fish, the sea, the fishing boats, the fruits, the flight of birds, the clouds, the rivers and the very air of the island are signs and symbols that are perpetuated in my work as metaphors for protection, dreams, illusions, fragility and the home.
My work has become more simplified over time. I am aware that my work is different, but do not deny the influence of other artists. I don’t consider my work as traditional- I do not follow any set pattern. I have been using the same symbols for many years, however I have evolved from being overly crowded with elements, to being more simple- without being minimalist. The creative process is very much fun because, one moment I may be doing a painting on canvas and I end up creating something for a three-dimensional piece for a wall or for one of my sculptures, the repetition of the use of symbols challenges me to be more demanding of my own compositions.