Born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1957, Fernando Sucre was the child of Venezuela’s new and growing upper middle class. Raised on a steady diet of 1960’s American television and exposed to space age technology and design by his father, the national government’s chief engineer, Sucre quickly developed a modernist point of view. Originally educated as an aeronautical engineer, Sucre attended college in the United States where he not only learned to speak American English but also fell under the spell of American Pop culture. On his return to Caracas, he decided to explore his artistic inclinations and enrolled in the Caracas’ National School of Art and Design.
Blending his modern perspective with his fascination for everything “pop”, Sucre began to paint in a style that echoed the American pop art masters like Warhol and Lichtenstein while at the same time incorporating something very Latin into the picture. In his post-pop style, Sucre projects a mood of happiness, high energy, fun escapism and bright colors into all his paintings. His subject matter ranges from cartoon amalgamations to space environs to wacky party scenes full of odd ball characters.
A series of successful one man shows earned him a strong reputation among Caracas collectors and museums. Since the 1980’s Sucre has lived and worked between Caracas and his second home, Miami. Over the years, as his work has grown in popularity, Sucre has leant his support and artistic vision to many children’s organizations and special exhibits. These include a unique relationship with the Children’s Museum in Caracas where he has headed many projects like group mural paintings, cartoon character studies and crazy canvas pillow parties. Sucre has also enjoyed relationships with leading commercial products and brand marketers including commissions for Absolute Vodka, Coca-Cola, MAC Cosmetics and McDonalds. On many occasions, Sucre has been invited by these organizations to engage and interact with the public at sponsored events through on-site studio painting and full body-art exhibitions. Sucre is today considered one of Latin America’s more important emerging artists as he continues to push the envelope in defining modern “pop”.