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It is not in 1948, in Lima, Peru, where Fernando de la Jara is born; nor it is at some school of Fine Arts where he learns to paint. He is born and learns, with every picture he paints.
There is no better biography of a painter than his own work. Painting, the place where form and substance become one, in perfect unity, where, thanks to the imagination, all dreams, longings and fears, not only become possible, but also portrays its author. Alone, and full of wonder, I have painted these pictures, full of my persona who I wish inspired. Alone, with them I leave you. Let's thank the Communion.
Fernando de la Jara
Fernando de la Jara (b. 1948 in Lima, Peru); Peruvian artist who has lived in Germany since 1987.
At 17, he was commissioned by Jesuits to paint a fresco in a church in Lima. In 1968, he worked under Spanish painter Manuel de Viola of the El Paso Group. In 1971 and 1972, he traveled to Europe to study; of particular interest to him were Flemish and Venetian painting. From 1973-77, he lived in the Peruvian highlands with the goal of working for a time free from the constraints of the art market. In 1982, he won first prize at the Ancón Arts Festival in Lima. From 1984-86, he lived and worked in New York City. In 1987, he was offered a research assignment at the Catholic University of Eichstätt in Germany. Since then, he has lived and worked in Germany.
His works mainly consist of oil paintings, frescoes, sculptures, installations and projects, lithographs and drawings. They are held by private and public collections in Peru and abroad. His works have been shown in major galleries as well as in solo and group exhibitions. Significant public sculptures in Germany include:
Minerva, 1999, 6-meter-tall granite sculpture in front of the Max Planck Haus am Hofgarten in Munich and
Pi-Chacán, 2001, 32-ton marble sculpture in front of the University Hospital in Tübingen