"This artist's road I decided to construct is the best thing that could have happened to me. I've discovered the world and discovered myself.""Ever since I was a boy, I've been curious and inquisitive. I always liked to draw, and to keep my mind occupied with something. My creative development has taken place throughout my life, mentally, especially. Because of this, I had problems at school for not paying attention. It wasn't because I was stupid or 'slow,' as some poor students are called, but because I wasn't interested.
"The first time I said 'I want to be a painter' – without a clear knowledge of what I was saying, to be honest – was when I was around eight years old. By the time I was fifteen, I was absolutely certain I wanted to study art. At that time, one of my sisters and I emigrated to the U.S. where we lived with an aunt and her family in Las Vegas. It was a unique experience. I attended tenth grade in high school. Among the many great things that happened that year was meeting Mr. William Pirtle in my drawing class. He saw my potential – creative, manual and character – and urged me to major in art. He even asked me to put together a portfolio so I'd be ready when the opportunity arose to apply for a scholarship. He'd tell me, 'I'd like you to take the opportunity I couldn't, to become an artist.'
"Mr. Pirtle was the second great influence in my life. The first was my mother, who painted as a hobby. She was part of a group of young intellectuals and idealists during the 1960s. Because she spent so much time with artists, writers and people of culture, one day in her life, in her personal journey through this world, she decided to leave it. This was quite a while before I was born, and this also encouraged me to reach for my dream – not theirs, obviously, but my own dream.
"Many times I've been asked why I decided to be an artist, and I even asked myself several years ago when I had my first solo exhibit. I came to the conclusion that there are three important reasons that I do this work I love so much. First, because I want to, that is, it is my wish to do so. I made the decision to do what my will and my freedom tell me to do, and this makes me very happy. Second, because I enjoy it. Facundo Cabral said 'he who works at something he doesn't love, even though he does it all day long, is unoccupied,' and how right he is. I leave the third reason to the rest of the world – friends, family, acquaintances, enemies, alike and related – to their own judgment. If they decide I paint because I want to conquer the world, they're right. Or that I paint because I want attention, they're right. Or that I paint because it's a waste of time, again they're right. The truth is, the third reason doesn't matter to me, only the first two.
"This artist's road I decided to construct is the best thing that could have happened to me. I've discovered the world and discovered myself. It's exciting to realize that so far I've done very little and that I still have so much to do. Each piece, each drawing or painting I produce is just one step toward the next one, and each one will be better.
"This path of self-discovery through art has given me everything and it will continue to do so. Simply the labor of artistic culture that we artists do, along with that of art lovers who acquire our work, is a noble aim. Just like art itself, whose purpose goes beyond any treasure or possession that could be described today, it is food for the soul, a historical record and reflection of the society in which it was produced. But probably the most important thing is that art lets understanding take a vacation."
Fernando assumes an approach when he signs his work, substituting numbers for letters or writing their mirror image. He tends to use Roman numerals to indicate year.
13 items by Fernando Niragob
Black and White Ink Painting
221212, Black and White Ink Painting
Fernando NiragobParallel lines swirl in gentle patterns to outline pristine white petals. In the center, are a seed and a swan. Fernando Niragob makes allusion to December 22, 2012, the Maya doomsday. "After the...$279.99
Woman with Birds Painting Mexico Magical Realism Fine Art
Vortex, Woman with Birds Painting Mexico Magical Realism Fine Art
Fernando Niragob"'Vortex' is the symbolic representation of the synchronicity between the material and the immaterial. In the background, eagles represent the cosmos and that which is immortal. The woman...$1,564.99
Woman and Birds on Hand in Black and White Painting
Lovely Birdie, Woman and Birds on Hand in Black and White Painting
Fernando Niragob"This composition represents the integration of the seven bodies of light during our everyday lives," explains Fernando Niragob as he incorporates chakra philosophy as the underlying theme....$419.99
Graphite on Paper Woman with Flower Signed Painting
Flower, Graphite on Paper Woman with Flower Signed Painting
Fernando Niragob"This portrait represents the starting point of writing and structural composition of that which is material and which isn't. The woman, lying down, recognizes in herself the presence of that...$444.99
Flowers for My Wellness
Swan and Flower on Hand Black and White Painting
Flowers for My Wellness, Swan and Flower on Hand Black and White Painting
Fernando NiragobA swan glides over a blossoming seed in the palm of the left hand in an amazing feat of perspective by Mexico’s Fernando Niragob. He is inspired by Oriental philosophies and sacred geometry for the...$419.99
Abstract Hummingbird on Hand Black and White Painting
Sync Cronos, Abstract Hummingbird on Hand Black and White Painting
Fernando NiragobMyriad letters in black disperse over a white expanse shaping a left hand, palm up. They form an ho'oponopono that Fernando Niragob uses as a mantra for self-healing and cleansing featuring the words...$419.99
Heart in Hand Mexican Mystical Realism Signed Painting
Ferniji, Heart in Hand Mexican Mystical Realism Signed Painting
Fernando NiragobA heart beats at the center of the right hand palm that is masterfully delineated with myriad letters colliding into an ho'oponopono. Fernando Niragob uses it as a mantra for self-healing and...$419.99
On the Way
Heart in Hand Path of Life Painting in Black and White
On the Way, Heart in Hand Path of Life Painting in Black and White
Fernando NiragobLeft hand up as if in a palm reading, Fernando Niragob speaks traces the path of life. "This title, 'On the Way' represents guidance and continuation in the process of life, with its starting...$419.99
Havel et Hava
Surreal Mexican Painting Signed Fine Art
Havel et Hava, Surreal Mexican Painting Signed Fine Art
Fernando NiragobMexican artist Fernando Niragob evokes the presence of all the women and men who have existed throughout time in this painting from his "Arriba" ("Above") series. Eagles seem to...$1,679.99
Original Mexican Surreal Fine Art
Seed, Original Mexican Surreal Fine Art
Fernando NiragobCaressed by clouds, a heart drifts in a cool blue sky. It takes the form of a tree crowned with leafy branches. "The tree gives life and represents the growth of the heart," Mexican artist...$689.99
Black and White Graphite Painting
In Flight, Black and White Graphite Painting
Fernando NiragobSeen in silhouette, birds take flight, soaring through the sky on powerful wings. A woman watches them, gazing intently at their every motion. "This is magic realism," says Mexican artist...$444.99
Modern Mexico Stream of Consciousness Painting
99:59:59, Modern Mexico Stream of Consciousness Painting
Fernando Niragob"In this painting, I began exploring different painting techniques," Mexican artist, Fernando Niragob says. "It takes its name from the number of hours, minutes and seconds it took me...$444.99