Art is a second career for Fernando, who spent 17 years in banking in San Francisco. He began as a self-taught artist, then decided to seek formal art education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He received his BFA there in 1997. He then returned to the Bay Area and has lived in Oakland for the past eight years. His studio is in the Jingletown neighborhood in the Fruitvale District of Oakland at the Ford Street Studios.Fernando has produced a large and diverse portfolio of artwork. His work is primarily representational and includes oil paintings, charcoal/conte drawings, and printmaking. Subjects include figurative nudes, landscapes, floral work, and still life. His primary interest is in depicting the human figure. These works have captured the attention of collectors throughout the region, nationally and internationally.Over the last decade Fernando has had several solo exhibitions and has been in many group exhibitions featuring his figure drawings and/or print works.