Fidencio Duran: An American Family History

Lone Star Regionalism is still alive and kicking … well beyond Dallas. From March 16—April 7, 2018, Reaves | Foltz Fine Art hosts a trio of South Texas Art Exhibitions, featuring: Fidencio Duran: An American Family History; Maurice Schmidt: A Life in Art; and Emily Rutland: A Regionalist Legacy Rediscovered. This dynamic exhibition features the Mexican American narratives of Austin painter and muralist, Fidencio Duran, as well complimentary displays reinforcing the important legacy of South Texas Regionalism, introducing the overlooked treasures of reigning Kingsville maestro, Maurice Schmidt, coupled with estate works by the legendary painter and printmaker Emily Rutland (1890–1983).

In his first solo exhibition at Reaves |Foltz Fine Art, Contemporary Texas Regionalist artist Fidencio Duran presents an outstanding group of paintings based on stories handed down through generations from his family and from his memories growing up and living in rural central Texas. On this show, Duran states:

For more than 35 years I have engaged my family's rural experiences to inform my paintings with narrative content and settings filled with textures and landscapes of central Texas. In those works I have extolled the virtues and developments my family practiced to survive and progress for the last century of an American experience. With this group of works, I explored aspects of my family's immigration to central Texas during the early 20th Century from central Mexico, the dedication to family and work, and the embrace of education as a key to future success. I depicted several scenes of the lifestyles from both my parents' families.  Both of the families lived and worked as tenant farmers in western Caldwell County near Martindale and Maxwell, Texas. They settled there after the Mexican Revolution in the late 1920's.  Earlier in the century both grandfathers had worked building railroad tracks in Texas and other parts of the U.S.  Three of my father's aunts had families in the area with whom they corresponded to help their resettlement to Texas.

In this exhibition, Duran tells visual stories that honor the history of his family and community. 

Born in Lockhart, Texas in 1961, 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.

Exhibition Dates and Special Events at Reaves | Foltz 

On view March 16—April 7, 2018?

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 17th, 6-8:30pm

Artist Talk with Fidencio Duran: Saturday, March 31st, 2-4pm


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