Fine Art

“Apodaca’s body of work weaves a shamanic thread of light through nature and spirit. He transcends from artist to a mystical link between ancient custom and modern expression.”
– Michael McGinnis
 President, Phillips

“He’s all-around, refuses to be pigeonholed, works with every medium there is. Line drawings with hair to stitching up leather bodices…everything is very organic. I think the only reason he hasn’t made a name for himself in the art world is that he holds the art world in contention…I think the fact he has a high respect for us is a high compliment.”
– Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam
 Rolling Stone Magazine

Artist’s Statement

Ideas are fragile beings. You have to work hard for them, and nurture them. As human beings, we are creatures of comfort. It is easier to turn the water on in the bathtub and flush a spider down the drain, than it is to take the time to reach down, pick it up, and place it safely outside. Sometimes the stranger an idea is, the more extraordinary the effort is to bring it to life. The more exotic the idea, the more endangered it becomes.

I create layers within my sculptures by clashing  and fusing world cultures, mythologies, folklore, and my experiences. I experiment with the dynamics of the human figure. There is something very musical about the body and the way it is orchestrated in motion and at rest. The one thing that the human body cannot do is stay still. Even when you die, your body is in motion: it is always shifting and dancing. My creations have more depth when stories are interwoven, collaged, and stitched, like layers of a calcifying rock. As an artist, I examine themes that are much bigger than I can imagine, such as obsolescence, growth, reproduction, sexuality, and the human condition. Curiosity drives me, and my art explores the myriad of life’s experiences.

Whether I am drawing a plant in the Amazon or molding a difficult bronze work, it is the impossibility of the task that inspires me. You have to bubble up this eccentricity from the plateau of the mundane. On deciding which ideas to make, I try not to edit too much. I let the winding road take me there – always changing materials, formulas, processes, even the length of time to create a piece. When I look at the artists I have admired throughout history, such as Mozart, Dalí, Toulouse-Lautrec, Hieronymus Bosch, and even the Great Houdini, I notice that they handcuff themselves to the bottom of the sea, and the art springs to life as they surface. Each piece is a “great escape.”

Fernando Apodaca
October 12, 2015

Gallery of Selected Works

View Process:

Making of "Ode 4"

All images © 2013. Fernando Apodaca and individual photographers.