Brendan Fernandes

Chicago-based Brendan Fernandes (b. 1979, Nairobi, Kenya) is a Canadian artist of Kenyan and Indian descent. He completed the Independent Study Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art (2007) and earned his MFA from the University of Western Ontario (2005) and his BFA from York University, Canada (2002). Fernandes has exhibited widely domestically and abroad at venues including the Brooklyn Museum, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art, and Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Mass MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts; Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Musée d’art contemporain de Montreal; National Gallery of Canada, Ontario; Bergen Kunsthall, Norway; Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin; and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

Fernandes was a finalist for the Sobey Art Award, Canada’s preeminent prize for contemporary art, in 2010. In 2014, he was a recipient of a Robert Rauschenberg Residency and Fellowship, and in 2017 a Performance Residency with the Graham Foundation. A monograph, Brendan Fernandes: Still Move, was published in 2016. Fernandes is represented by Monique Meloche Gallery in Chicago. He is currently artist in residence and faculty at Northwestern University in the Department of Art Theory and Practice.