Fernando Gutiérrez Cassinelli (Peru, 1978) studied Fine Arts at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru. He is currently based in Lima where he directs himself to the complex cultural dynamics characterizing this South American city. Working in a vast range of media - painting, sculpture, illustration, video and photography - the artist mixes popular Peruvian imagery, derived from comics, advertisement and movies with elements from (and strategies of) nineteenth century historical paintings and literature. In his work history and myth converge and questions of identity and nationality stand forth. Each art work is embedded with a complex iconography, evoking what in Peru is known as the "cultura Chica", the hybrid result of national and international migration. By creating his own alter ego, the super hero Superchaco (a reference to the infamous Chapulin), his work enters the realm of irony and parody.
Gutiérrez participated in important national and international exhibitions, amongst others in Less Time Than Space (2010-2011), curated by Alfons Hug and shown in all major venues in Latin America; Between Forever and Never (2010), The Latin American Pavilion, the Venice Biennial; Letter From Jamaica (2011), Galería de Artes Visuales do Oi Futuro (2011), Bello Horizonte and Museu da Maré, Rio de Janeiro; The Frank Suss Collection (2010), Saatchi Gallery, London; Estado de las ficciones (2010), Centro Cultural de España, Lima; Lima me mata (2009), Centro Cultural Británica de Lima and Post Ilusiones-nuevas visiones. Arte critico en Lima (1980-2006)(2006), Museo de la Nación, Lima. Amongst his solo exhibitions are Superchaco (2006) and Numero 2 (2009), both at Galería Lucia de la Puente, Lima and De nuevo a la vida. Homenaje/instalación de Huanchaco a Leónidas Zegarra (2011), Centro Cultural Inca Garcilaso, Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores. His work is annually presented at international art fairs, such as ARCO Madrid, Lima Photo, Pinta, New York and ArtBo, Bogota.
Gutierrez received various awards, such as the Adolfo Winternitz Prize. In 2006 he was a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grantee.
Fernando Gutierrez: http://www.superchaco.com/