Fernando Malo works at the Restoration of the Artistic Heritage of Mudejar art for the most representative monuments such as the Aljafería, the Cathedral of Zaragoza, the Utebo tower and the Alhambra in Granada.
Fernando Malo’s is also designer of his own work, always inspired by the art of Mudejar...
Through contact with the Mudejar ceramic models, a creation emerges that melds the aesthetics of the last Islamic period in the Iberian Peninsula with the new trends in contemporary art that he calls Mudéjar S.XXI.
BIOGRAPHY of FERNANDO MALO – 1957. Zaragoza. Spain.
1976-1981. Studied ceramic at Escola Massana, Barcelona.
1982. Founder of the association Ceramic and Ceramists, organiser of activities at San Felipe Square, Zaragoza.
1991. Starts work in the field of Art Heritage Restoration copying old mudéjar* ceramic works for important artistic heritage monuments as the Aljaferia Palace and the cathedral, both in Zaragoza, the Utebo tower and the Alhambra Palace in Granada. He takes part in numerous professional meetings, trade fairs, exhibitions and conferences both in Spain and abroad.
From 2000 onwards, he is nominated for the organising committtee of CERCO, the International Ceramic Fair in Zaragoza while working in his personal work and his teaching. Both specialises in mudéjar art a field in which he becomes a reputed specialist. After 2005, his collaboration has been sought to work in different projects in Argelia and Tunisia.
His work has been shown in 40 solo exhibitions and more than 50 collective shows both in Spain and abroad.
Fernando Malo’s creative work has always drawn inspiration from the world ancestral traditions, sensitivity to primitive forms, nature’s interpretation, the union of technique and gesture. In his works he employs high temperature clays and self-produced glazes.
Through the observation of mudéjar ceramic models, he has developed a body of work where the aesthetics of the last Islamic period in the Iberian Peninspa and new contemporary art trends are merged in what he himself denominates 21st Century Mudéjar.
* mudéjar is the name for the techniques and styles preserved by Muslim craftsmen living under Christian rule in Medieval Spain. it was mostly used in the fields of Applied Arts and Architecture. The kingdom of Aragon, of which Zaragoza was the capital, is one of the Spanish regions in which Mudéjar Art was more important.