Internationally acclaimed photographer Fernando Bengoechea, tragically lost his life in the Tsunami of 2004. As you may remember, Fernando was vacationing in Sri Lanka with his partner celebrity designer Nate Berkus. Nate miraculously survived. Fernando’s body was never found. He was 39. Fernando’s brother, Marcelo Bengoechea, took a very long time to accept his brother’s death. When he finally did, what he could not accept was that his art would die with him. So, Marcelo has made it his mission to keep his brother’s art alive.
Fernando pioneered a technique of woven photography where he took two identical giclee prints and hand wove them together to create one image (see below.) Marcelo spent 10 years learning the technique before he felt comfortable actually doing it himself.
The Studio at Fernando Bengoechea was created in Fernando’s memory, with the mission of keeping his art alive by preserving, reviving and evolving his unique Woven Photograph legacy. His brother, Marcelo, refuses to let Fernando’s art die with him and continues his work by hand-weaving Limited Editions of his memorable photographs. Fernando’s fine art photographs are also available as Museum Quality Archival Prints in several sizes.
Some of Fernando’s most recognized works were his “Karma Tree” series he shot in Joshua Tree. This series will headline the first U.S. Exhibition “Woven Together” featuring Fernando’s images woven by his brother Marcelo taking place in Palm Springs during Modernism week. The gala opening event is Saturday, February 18th from 6-9PM at Super Simple a gay-owned home store located at 800 N. Palm Canyon Dr. The artwork will be on sale and the exhibit will remain in the store for 30 days. The store was selected because the aesthetics were similar to those of Fernando and Nate’s.