Bibliographic notes of Fernando Ferro Payero

I was born in Chamberí, a district in Madrid, in the summer of 1955, though my mother's ancestry brings me to the valleys of El Bierzo (in León), and my father's to the Burgas, in Ourense (Galicia). Our Genovese origins may be even more distant, a possibility that my father liked to dream about, although I don't know it to be true.

My grandfather, my father, my brother and I
My grandfather, my father, my brother and I,
at the beginning of the 1960's

So I was brought up in the district of Cuatro Caminos and then, Pueblo Nuevo. I got a degree in Industrial Mastery (machines and tools) at the Universidad Laboral in Tarragona, during the post Franco's regime. I studied ceramics at the Escuela Cerámica de la Moncloa, in Madrid, where apart from the specific ceramic techniques I discovered those related to the silk screen printing.

Here ends my short academic career because my experience at the Escuela de Arquitectura in Madrid only reinforced my everlasting compromise to the arts creativity; it encouraged me to discover and enjoy films, music and even architecture itself. And it also bound me to the progressive policy forever, what we used to call "revolutionary policy".

I lived in Galicia for several years (Ourense, Barco de Valdeorras and Santiago), and worked in different architectural and engineering studies, and also in several town councils, civil services and even at the Xunta de Galicia. Besides, I collaborated regularly with the local media on the culture and arts sections: La Voz de Galicia, A Nosa Terra and Radio Galega, among others.

The central axis of my connections with Galicia and the understanding of its national and cultural reality were born through my dilated friendship with the brilliant artist Pepe Conde Corbal, who established a silver link between the intellectual vanguard and the artists of the Galician Renaissance (Risco, Otero Pedrayo, Cuevillas, Ferro Couselo, Celso Emilio Ferreiro, Maside, etc.) and the new generations.

Pepe and Fernando
Pepe Conde Corbal and I,
around the middle of the 1970's

I started also here in Galicia my career as an engraver at the workshop of my unconditional friend Miguel Mosquera. The activity moved to the workshop of Carlos Gonçalves, my master, when I come back to live in Madrid. Nowadays, I develop this work at the pleasant workshop of José Antonio Gallo, "Koche", on the corner of Calle del Olivar and Calle Calvario.

At Miguel Mosquera's workshop,
Ourense, 1989

During my career as an engraver, I have participated in some individual and collective exhibitions organized in cultural centers and exhibition rooms like Sala Juan de Villanueva (Aranjuez); Centro Municipal de Cultura (Pinto); Centro Cultural de Aluche (Madrid); Escuela de Cerámica de la Moncloa (Madrid); Sala Arnaldos (Madrid); Librería Muga (Madrid); Sala Nasa, Nave de Servicios Artísticos (Santiago); and small art galleries in Madrid such as Olivarte and Contraluz.

My engravings have been used for the covers of two books of poetry from Juan Seoane (Nadie, Ediciones del Sol, 2004, y Sombras, Editorial Alfasur, 2008) and for another one from the poet José Luis Esparcia (Ciudades, Editorial Alfasur, 2007).

My work has become part of private collections in Spain, Chile and Venezuela and has been rejected in some international (as Romania) and national contests (among others, one in Pinto),and exhibition rooms such as Caja Madrid.

I am a member of the "Corrillo de diletantes" a group of artistic action which edits a publication with the same name, together with the artist Fernando Puente and writers Carlos Lapeña and José Luis Esparcia.

I've been in a great number of countries in Europe and in many others related to the Muslim culture from Syria to Morocco (under my wife's leadership, professor at the Escuela de Cerámica); and also through South America, Cuba, Brazil and Chile.

Besides, I usually collaborate on the local information magazine Zigzag and on the digital photography magazine

Last year, Igor Muñiz (from Librería Muga), Manuel Rodríguez and I, founded Ediciones Eventuales, a publishing house focused on the production of books about art which edited Kamasutra para Hansel y Gretel by Galician artist Ángel Cerviño, and Esto sí qu'es cosa grande by the photographer of flamenco Manuel Rodríguez.

Fernando Ferro Payero
Vallecas, April 14th, 2008