Born in Lockhart, Texas in 1961, Fidencio Duran received his BFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas, Austin in 1984. He is the recipient of the Clare Hart deGolyer Memorial Fund Award, the Arch M. Kimbrough Fund Award, and the Dozier Travel Grant, all through the Museum of Art, Dallas. In 2015 Duran was recognized in the Austin Arts Hall of Fame with the Austin Critics Table. He has been featured in Philadelphia Weekly, Ahora Si, Latino Magazine, among other publications.
While best-known for his tremendous narrative murals throughout the state, Duran's artwork also appears in public and private collections in the United States and abroad. His works have been exhibited by institutions from San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts; National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, IL; Amarillo Art Museum; Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, TX; Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos, NM; to the Smithsonian Latino Center/Fundacion Oscede, Buenos Aires, Argentina. His work is included in the permanent collections of several institutions including: the Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas; The Austin contemporary, Austin, Texas; The Grace Museum, Abilene, Texas; The National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, Illinois; The Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, Florida; The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, Texas; and the McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas, among others. Of note, Duran has the distinction of being the only artist to receive all three Dallas Museum of Art Awards to Artists.
Duran currently lives and works in Austin, Texas. One of his most prominent works, The Visit, graces the length of the ticket counter at Austin Bergstrom International Airport. His most recent mural, Following the Sun to Reach the Sky, can be viewed at Southwest Key Program in Austin, Texas, completed in the Fall of 2017.
Selected Biographical and Career Highlights
• 1984 Bachelor of Fine Arts (studio), University of Texas at Austin, Spring
• 2015 Austin Arts Hall of Fame, Austin Critics Table
• 2014 Artist Inc., Live Austin fellowship, Austin, TX
• 2012 Jose Cuervo Tradicional Mural Project, national finalist
• 2012 Artist in Residency Program fellowship, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM
• 1996 Dozier Travel Grant, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
• 1990 Arch M.Kimbrough Fund Award, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
• 1983 Clare Hart DeGolyer Memorial Fund Award, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
Selected Solo Exhibitions
• 2014 Tree of Life, Gay Fay Kelly/Prizer Gallery, Austin, TX
• 2005-2007 A Painted Memory: The Art of Fidencio Duran, Nave Museum,Victoria, TX, Grace Museum, Abilene, TX, Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin,TX, Chicago State University, Chicago, IL, Museo Latino, Omaha, NE, Mesquite Art Center, Mesquite, TX
• 1994 Family/Community: Fidencio Duran, Amarillo Art Museum, Amarillo, TX
Selected Group Exhibitions
• 2015 Selections from the Contemporary Art Collection, Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, TX
• 2014 Nuestras Historias: Stories of Mexican Identity from the Permanent Art Collection, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL
• 2011 El Centro, Austin Community College, The Role and History of Education in east Austin neighborhoods Govalle, Riverside, Montopolis, and Del Valle, Riverside campus, Austin, TX,
• 2004 University of Houston Permanent Collection, Strength in caring, Center for Students with Disabilities, Houston, TX
• 2000 South Texas Independent School District, The Last Haven, Biblioteca Las Americas, Mercedes, TX
• 1999 Art in Public Places Program, The Visit, Austin Bergstrom International Airport, Austin, TX
• 1996 Art in Public Places Program, Comite Patriota, Diez y Seis, Cinco de Mayo, Zaragoza Recreation Center, Austin, TX