CLIFFORD FERNANDER

At the tender age of ten Clifford Fernander realized that art was one of his Gods given talents. Since then, this talented Bahamian has devoted his spare time to recreating his Island Paradise on canvas .He is a self though Artist who has develops his talent over the years by hard work and determination. He has been painting on the professional level for more than 35 years. His first and second public showing was group exhibitions with the Longbranch Artist and Artisans Association. He has exhibited artwork in more than twenty group exhibitions and eight solo Art shows in the Bahamas.
 

In 1994, he was the overall winner and won many awards in the first Royal Bahamas Defense Force Art, Craft and Poetry Competition. His first solo Art exhibition was held at the Upstairs Gallery, in November of 1995 on Queen and Marlborough Street. He has exhibited his artwork at the Central bank of the Bahamas, Atlantis Hotel on Paradise Island, and the Museum of Arts in Nassau, the British Colonial Hilton in down town Nassau and at the Nassau Beach Hotel on Cable Beach.
In October of 1999, Photographs from four of his Junkanoo paintings were selected to create four new Bahamian stamps. On January 22 2000, Mr. Fernander presented one of his paintings to Dr Maya Angelou on her visit to the Bahamas. In January of 2004, he presented one of his paintings to President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa on his official visit to the Bahamas. In November of 2002, his painting was selected as the overall winner of the Rotary Club of Nassau Art competition, which was held at the home of the Governor General.

 

In February of 2019 Mr. Fernander was selected to exhibit his paintings at the Coconut
Grove Art Festival in Miami Florida. This was his first international Art exhibition.

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