Fuentes is a graduate of Tyler School of Art and Architecture of Temple University (BFA, magna cum laude). He moved to New York where his paintings and illustrations appeared in national ads and publications including The New York Times and Village Voice. He became a creative director at HBO and began to direct TV commercials and independent films. He studied drama under Stella Adler and Irene Moore and appeared in New York plays. He was admitted to The Actors Studio Director Observer unit.
His paintings have been selected for Sotheby's Ad Art Show in New York and in the nationally juried Art In Politics show at Touchstone Gallery, Washington D.C. His portrait of Hillary Clinton, My Heart New Opened, was chosen for Creative Quarterly Journal. His other Clinton portrait, Hillary Pulled, was published for the 2016 elections in The Village Voice.
Working with celebrities led to an exploration of identity and the nature of fame. People are often depicted in dramatic poses and exaggerated costumes creating an obvious illusion. Switching out familiar contexts, history can become fiction and perceptions are recreated in new personas suggesting that image, character and even our own identities are completely changeable. Fuentes does not attempt to make statements but rather, through the use of gesture, expression, wardrobe and lighting, he attempts to provoke thought prompting viewers to create their own narratives and make their own decisions about the works.
Fuentes has received recognition including CLIO’s, Art Directors Club awards, International Film and Television honors, Belding Best of Show honors, gold from PROMAX and silver from New York Festivals.
Painting Exhibitions & Press
2019 Newport Beach Art Exhibition, Newport Beach, CA.
2018 Sotheby’s, New York, Ad Art Show
2016 Touchstone Gallery Washington D.C., Art As Politics
2016 Featured in Creative Quarterly Journal