Even though Fernando Calzada started his formation in a Fine Arts School at the age of fifteen –which provided him with a solid knowledge of several artistic disciplines– he finally chose photography as his profession, from those years until today.
This is one of the main reasons why the influence exerted by the images captured by the lens of a photographic camera is evident, in his first foray into the world of plastic arts. Based on these images, and always having them as support and reference, Fernando revisits them, reframes and creates a new work with a technique that he considers to be the foundation of all artistic expression: drawing.
“Drawing is the basis of any artistic expression and everything else develops from it. With this dogma I was trained in my first School of Arts, back in the second half of the 80s in Valladolid (Spain). And it is through drawing and nudes that I have wanted to travel in this new stage; a totally organic transition for me, since photography has been the starting point and drawing the end.”
He decides to do it also with the basic materials for any artist: paper, graphite and charcoal; and claiming the technique and tradition to which it has always attached vital importance. “I want to make contemporary art respecting history and technique, although relying on the language and way of communicating today. I am an eternal defender of classical art, for which I have enormous respect.”/p>
With these ideas in mind, Calzada decided to do some sessions with models in his studio and try his luck with the nude. “I have found in drawing a perfect support to treat nudes. Through it, the composition has a different dimension, I feel that it becomes more communicative. The textures, the blurs, the volume, the lines… they all acquire a deeper language when I put them on paper; everything becomes more plastic. That is something that I have not experienced with photography.”
The shapes, surfaces, lighting effects and shadows appear lighter or darker according to what he wants to communicate and in many cases with a very different result from the reference photo, that is the contribution of Fernando Calzada's trained eye and his evident mastery of the technique. “Hyperrealism reveals, without any kind of shame —almost as if they were seen through a magnifying glass— all the body fragments: genitalia are as exposed as the veins, pores, hair or cuticles around nails. I want the viewer to be carried away by the world that I propose, where details, lines, shapes, textures, whimsical compositions take on a new dimension. With these works I do not intend to scandalize, on the contrary, my intention is none other than to normalize the human body and above all to dignify it.”