This collection of prints, drawings and watercolors on paper presents family togetherness, cultural celebrations, references to nature with still life and social issues as themes. Though my production of prints is limited to these five images, it is informed by my lifetime of drawing and working with watercolors on paper. Three serigraphs were printed at Coronado Studios during the Serie Print Project. The lithograph proof was made at Flatbed Press and the small etching/aquatint proof was made with an independent press.
The earliest print Dejo flores y canciones/I will leave flowers and songs, serigraph,,1994 is based on a watercolor rendition of a traditional Quincenera celebration. My narrative is set in a typical living room the morning of the event. The fifteen year old girl’s dress is having its final touches applied by grandmother while her mother works on her hair. Heralding the special nature of the day mariachis walk in singing Las Mananitas. Three years later the theme continued in Zapatos de Tacon/High Heel Shoes, serigraph, 1997, a depiction of the dance and changing from flat to high heel shoes of this cultural celebration. For both prints I utilized stipple and cross hatch techniques to make the ink templates for each of the eight colors used in each print.
Al Norte/To the North, lithograph, 2002 and Vive Sano en el Camino/Live healthfully on the Road, serigraph, 2005 have sparser palettes. The former is based on a graphite drawing of a father pondering his family’s future. The latter was created for a campaign by Notre Dame University to inform the Latino immigrant community of the perils of risky sexual behavior. It was selected to represent this region and printed as a large poster.
The scenes of family togetherness have been part of my work since 1982. A Winter’s Day, graphite/paper,’08 and Dance Lesson, graphite/paper, ’02 are indicative of my body of work that references my family’s experiences as tenant farmers in central Texas from the late 1920’s to the early 1970’s. The most prominent of those images is my mural The Visit, acrylic/canvas,’99 at the west ticket counter of Austin Bergstrom International Airport.
Ruiz Public Library, Grover Blvd., Austin, TX
About the Organizer/Venue
Fidencio Duran tells visual stories that honor the history of his family and community. He is inspired by stories his father told about immigrating from Mexico, living and working as a tenant farmer, and those that teach a moral lesson. His paintings, drawings, and prints based on memories of being part of a large family in rural central Texas appear in private and public collections in the United States and abroad. They have been exhibited by institutions from the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, IL to the Smithsonian Latino Center/Fundacion Osde in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His experiences as an Artist in Education with the Texas Commission on the Arts led to his work as a public muralist. One of his most prominent works, The Visit graces the length of the west ticket counter at Austin Bergstrom International Airport. The narrative works he started in his early twenties made him the only artist to receive all three Dallas Museum of Art's Awards to Artists. His narratives have told the stories of many communities and regions. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
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