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Lino Fernandez is a Cuban-American artist living between Miami and New York. A Graduate of The Cooper Union.

What is your work about?

My current focus is painting. I am investigating the relationship between additive and subtractive color. Through my investigation is has become clear that subtractive color (ex: … Read More
Lino Fernandez is a Cuban-American artist living between Miami and New York. A Graduate of The Cooper Union.

What is your work about?

My current focus is painting. I am investigating the relationship between additive and subtractive color. Through my investigation is has become clear that subtractive color (ex: paint) absorbs or subtracts color from the light and the remaining color that is observed is the hues that are not absorbed. For example, plants absorb infrared light (ie red color) and reflect the green color that is perceived by the observer. However, if the spectrum of color added is limited to only the colors the object absorbs (ie. green for plants), then there is no remaining/ perceivable light.

My work highlights these principles of additive and subtractive color. I use additive colored light to alter the value and hue relationships between the forms in my paintings. Modifying the additive color ultimately alters the images perceived by the observer.

My paintings Form and colors composition's draw inspiration from Aposematism, warning coloration, describes a family of antipredator adaptations in which a warning signal is associated with the unprofitability of a prey item to potential predators. For example, the Lionfish is a poisonous animal that stuns its prey by opens its oddly shaped and brightly colored fins. This process is also used to ward off predators and are essential in mating rituals.

In addition to my interest in metamorphosis Aposematism. I am also influenced by stained glass windows as a means of investigating the relationship between form color and light.

Can you tell me a little bit about color?

Color is relative. The identity of a color is related to its form and environment. Physically, a color's identity is defined by its value or hue and is molded by its environment. Socially, a color is assigned a significance based on social, psychological and cultural influences. The challenge is being able to correlate a color's physical properties with its social significance. To achieve this, I attempt to alter the identity of subtractive color (ie. paint) by manipulating its environment with additive color (ie. light) In doing so the color's socially identity is ultimately altered. Read Less
  • Intern
    The Locust Projects — Miami, FL, USA
  • Assistant Art Director
    Locust Projects — Miami, FL, USA
  • Internship/Assistant
    Frost Art Museum — Miami, FL, USA
  • Artist assistant/fabricator
    — Manhattan, NY, USA
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