Dex Fernandez

b. 1984, Philippines
Lives and works in the Philippines

Dex Fernandez’s art is informed by everyday experiences and the people he meets. He sees his art as a means to trigger an audience into thinking about social and political issues around them. He often uses elements of fun and humour as satire to open up critical reflections on pressing issues. He is best known as the creator of Garapata, a character resembling a multiple-legged head. The name translates to the Filipino word for tick or flea from which the character is based. He conceptualised the Garapata as an embodiment of the resiliency of the Filipino people.

Dex studied Fine Arts at the Technological University of the Philippines and first worked as a graphic artist and a muralist abroad before becoming a full time artist upon his return to the Philippines in 2007. Years of experience in the advertising industry is evident in his art, known for its pop imagery. A multimedia artist, Dex works on a variety of media including drawing, painting, murals, posters, and graffiti. He was one of the recipients of the Thirteen Artists Award of the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 2013.

BIOGRAPHY INFORMATION FROM PINTO, MAY 2024.

Country: Thailand
Instagram: dexfernandez