Brendan Fernandes (b. 1979, Nairobi, Kenya) is a Canadian artist of Kenyan and Indian descent. He completed the Independent Study Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art (2007) and earned his MFA from the University of Western Ontario (2005) and his BFA from York University in Canada (2002). Fernandes has exhibited widely domestically and abroad, including exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Art and Design, New York; Musee d'art contemporain de Montreal; The National Gallery of Canada, Ontario; The Brooklyn Museum, New York; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA; The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA; Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin; Bergen Kunsthall, Norway; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; The Sculpture Centre, New York; The Quebec City Biennial; and the Third Guangzhou Triennial in China.
Fernandes has been awarded many highly regarded residencies around the world, including The Canada Council for the Arts International Residency in Trinidad and Tobago (2006), The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Work Space (2008), Swing Space (2009) and Process Space (2014) programs, and invitations to the Gyeonggi Creation Centre at the Gyeonggi Museum of Art, Korea (2009) and ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany (2011). He was a finalist for the Sobey Art Award, Canada's pre-eminent award for contemporary art in 2010, and was on the longlist for the award in 2013 and 2015. In 2014, he was a recipient of a Robert Rauschenberg Residency and Fellowship. Recent exhibitions include Lost Bodies, which originated at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen's University, Ontario (2016), travelled to the Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto (2017) and culminated in the catalogue, Lost Bodies: Brendan Fernandes. An artist monograph, Brendan Fernandes: Still Move, was published by Black Dog Press, London, in Fall of 2016. Fernandes is currently represented by moniquemeloche gallery in Chicago. His first solo exhibition at moniquemeloche took place in January, 2017. A new body of work is currently on view at UB Art Galleries, Buffalo University, New York, in The Language of Objects. Upcoming projects include a performance of Free Fall at the Getty, Los Angeles (June); a residency at Recess, New York (July); a solo exhibition at Aljira Centre for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ; and a residency at The Graham Foundation, Chicago, both this fall. Fernandes is currently Artist in Residency at Northwestern University in the Department of Art Theory and Practice.