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Sophie Fernandez studied in Toronto and in Montreal, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University. She later practiced in Vancouver for a few years, receiving an Explorations Grant from The Canada Council and a Project Grant from B.C. Cultural Services. In 2007 she received a Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design in London. Sophie's dual French and Spanish cultural backgrounds inspire her practice often merging fine arts with traditional crafts. Born in France, she lives in London since 1998. She exhibits in hospitals, public spaces and health related settings.

Her work attempts to explore the connection between health, emotions and art practice both through the experience of the aesthetic work itself and through the actual process of making, observing and exploring visually. Her work is about stimulating the viewers sensitivity to looking and observing, experiencing a feeling of relaxation, calmness and satisfaction in the process. Sophie's curiosity about how people develop their own ways for well-being, comfort and happiness dates back to her childhood and family life.

Her love for observing nature, together with the use of a microscope and her curiosity for cells culminate in her new body of work 'Microcosm'. Here, her playful imagination weaves together these elements with rich colours and circular shapes echoing cells, intrinsic spontaneous movements symbolically representing healthy living cells and wellbeing.

EDUCATION

2007 Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art Chelsea College of Art and Design, London
1991 B.F.A. Concordia University, Montreal

AWARDS

1993 The Canada Council: Explorations Grant
1994 B.C. Cultural Services: Project Grant

SELECTED SOLO AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017 Microcosm, St George's Hospital, London
2010 Joy of Being, St Georges Hospital, London
2010 Castillo de Santa Catalina, Cadi­z
2009 St John's Hospital, Edinburgh
2009 Barbican Arts Group Trust, London
2009 Breathing Cycles, St Georges Hospital, London
2007 Free Association, Postgraduate Diploma Show, Chelsea College of Art & Design
2001 Nevadensis Gallery Sierra Nevada National Park, Granada
1994 The Francophone Cultural Centre, Vancouver
1997 Mining the Body: memory/absence/sensation, Pengah Gallery, Vancouver
1995 Currents, Vancouver Visual Arts Festival, L'Atelier Gallery, Vancouver
1995 Visual Gaming, Edmonton Works Festival, Edmonton
1994 Work in Progress: Vancouver Artists in Their Studios, Grunt Gallery, Vancouver
1993 Arts in Action, an African tour exhibition, sponsored by External Affairs Canada
1992 A.C.E. Gallery, Vancouver

CATALOGUES AND PUBLICATIONS

1995 Currents, an Exhibition of Contemporary Arts, The Vancouver Life Drawing Society
1994 Work In Progress: Vancouver Artists in Their Studios, Arts in Action Society
1992 La Queue de l'Art, Matane Art Gallery, Montreal

MEDIA

Press Articles
Jones, P. & Kaplan, H. (2014) An Evening of Art Therapy Film Shorts' Newsbriefing. The BAAT.
Laurence, R., (28th May, 1994) Works Blossom in the Merry Month of May' Vancouver Sun.
Wilson, P., (5th May,1994) Artists, Door to Door' The Vancouver Sun.
Wilson, P., (3rd May, 1993) Travels With My Art: Vancouver's Arts in Action whirls through African Tour' The Vancouver Sun.
Bédat, C., (30th April,1993) Un lieu ou l'esprit prend forme' Le Soleil de Colombie.
Rosenberg A., (6th March,1993) The Saturday Review. The Vancouver Sun.

Radio Programmes
The Early Edition (1994) CBC Radio, Broadcast: 20/06/1994)
Arts Review (1993) Vent d'Ouest, CBC Radio, Broadcast: 9/06/1993
Heg, Stephen (28th May,1994) Vancouver Artists in Their Studio' A four-minute documentary. KCTS Channel 9, Seattle.

TV Broadcast
Hegey, J., (21st May, 1994) Zero Avenue. CBC TV.
Friend, T., (14th May, 1994) Your Town. UTV.

COLLECTIONS

Commission for Villas Turisticas de Sierra Aguas Agencia, Malaga.
Colección de Arte Ciudad de Cadiz.
Private collections in Canada, U.S.A., France, Spain, Italy and the U.K.

RESIDENCIES

08-2009 Joy of Being series, Castillo de Santa Catalina, La Caleta, Cadiz
08-2010 El mar, el cielo y yo series, Castillo de Santa Catalina, La Caleta, Cadiz
08-2011 About the Sea series, Castillo de Santa Catalina, La Caleta, Cadiz

INDEPENDENT PROJECTS

2001 Simpleviva, Endemic Flowers of Andalucia, Malaga
1996-7 Alchemia Studio Tours, Vancouver Artists' Studios Visits, Vancouver
1994-5 Currents, An Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Vancouver with artist D. Pirrie.
1993-4 Work In Progress: Vancouver Artists in Their Studios, with artist D. Pirrie & curator Derek Simons

SCHOLARSHIPS

2003 Vivem, Women Andalucian Institute, Andalucian Council, Seville
1996 The Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation, Rothesay, New Brunswick
1994 Myer Horowitz Graduate Scholarship, University of Alberta, Edmonton
1991 Walter Stenhouse, Concordia University, Montreal
1989 Bertrand Gerstein Scholarship, York University, Toronto

For Information about the artwork, upcoming exhibitions & sales, email: sophiefernandezstudio@gmail.com or phone: +44 7914478507



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