Fernando Villena (Bilbao 1974) graduated in Fine Arts by the University of the Basque Country in 2001, later furthering his training at the School of Visual Arts, NY, and studying a Master in Professional Painting at the University of the Basque Country.
He has exhibited his work internationally in solo exhibitions and group shows among which solo shows at El Cuadrado Gris (Puerto Rico 2016), The Situation Room (USA 2016), Centro Cultural Estacion Indianilla (Mexico D.F. 2014), Área Lugar de Proyectos (Puerto Rico 2014), Sala Rekalde (Bilbao 2013), The Central Utah Art Center (USA 2011) and the San Juan Museum (Puerto Rico 2008) supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain (Aecid) and group exhibitions at Lisi Hammerle Gallery (Austria 2018), FIG Bilbao (2014-15-18), ARCO (Madrid from 2005 to 2009) and at the School of Visual Arts (NY 2002).
He has also been recipient of the County Council of Bizkaia´s Visual Arts Grant, Atist in residency at Bilbao Arte, Bregenz Kunsthaus (Austria), Rogaland Kunstsenter (Norway), The Birch Creek Residency (Utah), Addaya Centre D’Art Contemporani (Mallorca), Área Lugar de Proyectos (Puerto Rico) and the Ballinglen Arts Foundation (Ireland).
He has given several lectures in Bilbao Arte, The Kennedy Center for International Studies, BYU, and Es Baluard, Museum of Contemporary Art, Mallorca.
His work is part of the collections in different institutions such as Coca Cola Foundation, Spain, The County Council of Bizkaia, Bilbao Arte, Addaya Centre D’Art Contemporani,Elkarkidetza EPSV, Ballinglen Arts Museum, Ireland … And diverse private collections.