Artist, AIR & Faculty, Northwestern U; Kenya/Canada/US
Brendan Fernandes is a Canadian artist of Kenyan and Indian descent. He completed the Independent Study Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art and earned his MFA from the University of Western Ontario and his BFA from York University in Canada. He was an Alice Kaplan Fellow in Humanities at Northwestern University in Performance Studies. Currently, he is an artist in residence and faculty at Northwestern University in the Department of Art Theory and Practice. He has exhibited internationally and nationally including exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim, Bergen Kunsthall, Stedelijk Museum, Sculpture Centre, Manif d’Art: The Quebec City Biennial, The Third Guanghou Triennial and the Western New York Biennial through the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Fernandes has been awarded many highly regarded residencies around the world, including the Canada Council for the Arts International Residency in Trinidad and Tobago, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Work Space, Swing Space and Process Space programs, and the Robert Rauschenberg Residency Fellowship. The Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery organized a national tour of his work throughout Canada in 2016. His work was recently featured as part of the group exhibition “Disguise: Masks and Global African Art” organized by the Seattle Art Museum which recently traveled to the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York.