Francisco-Fernando Granados (Guatemala) 

Francisco-Fernando Granados is a Guatemalan multidisciplinary artist, writer, curator, and educator based in Toronto. Francisco holds a fine arts diploma (2007) from Langara College in Vancouver. He also completed a bachelor of fine arts in 2010 from Emily Carr University in Vancouver. After moving to Toronto, Francisco finished a master’s degree in visual studies (2012) at the University of Toronto, where he was awarded the Governor General’s Silver Medal for academic achievement. In 2018 he was a mentee in the Liz Krehm Mentorship in Creative Writing at Toronto Metropolitan University. In 2022 Francisco began a PhD in media and design innovation at Toronto Metropolitan University. He has curated exhibitions and cultural programming including the 7a*11d International Performance Art Festival (collective) in Toronto and the panel discussion on Vivian Suter’s exhibition La Canícula (2018) at The Power Plant in Toronto, and has also coordinated other events for the 221A artist-run centre in Vancouver and the Blackwood Gallery at the University of Toronto Mississauga. 

Francisco-Fernando’s studio work begins with establishing a theoretical framework to later reflect through drawing, performance, and installation within the research subjects of queerness and the experience of place, land, and belonging. Fernando has participated in the solo exhibitions who claims abstraction? (2023), curated by Kimberly Phillips and Kristy Trinier, at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, letters (2022) at the MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie, Ontario, and co-respond-dance-version II (2020) at the Centre des arts actuels Skol in Montreal. Fernando has also been part of the collective exhibitions Tattarrattat (2022) at the Hunt Gallery in Toronto, PERF (Ré)agir / (Re)act (2021) at the AXENÉO7 in Gatineau, Quebec, and Latidoamérica Extendida: Europa (2020) at the 12-14 Contemporary in Vienna, Austria.

Spatial profiling... (After Margaret Dragu's Eine Kleine Nacht Radio) 


Performance and site-specific drawing, dimensions variable; marker on the wall

Image courtesy of the artist. Photograph by Manolo Lugo

Solo exhibitions

Francisco-Fernando Granados press release solo exhibition Who claims abstraction?, curated by Kimberly Phillips and Kristy Trinier, Teck Gallery, Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, 2023

Francisco-Fernando Granados press release solo exhibition Who claims abstraction?, curated by Kimberly Phillips and Kristy Trinier, Tack Gallery, Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, 2023

Francisco-Fernando Granados solo exhibition Four letter words series, Artscape Youngplace, Toronto, 2020

Collective exhibitions

Francisco-Fernando Granados collective exhibition overview Tattarrattat, Hunt Gallery, Toronto, 2022 

Francisco-Fernando Granados programming collective exhibition PERF (Ré)agir / (Re)act, AXENÉO7 in Gatineau, Quebec, 2021 

Francisco-Fernando Granados and Philip Baljeu collective exhibition Surveillance Signal, curated by Mitra Sheeram, Satelite Project Space, London Ontario, 2017 

Francisco-Fernando Granados collective exhibition Into You: On the Edge, L Space Gallery, Humber College, Toronto, 2017

Francisco-Fernando Granados collective exhibition True Patriot Love, curated by Tamara Toledo, Sur Gallery, Toronto, 2015

Francisco-Fernando Granados press release Performatorium 2014, Festival of Queer Performance, Neutral Ground Artist Run-Centre, Saskatchewan, 2014


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Francisco-Fernando Granados Latin American Media Art Symposium, moderator panel Poetics of Arrival, aluCine Latin Film + Media Festival, Toronto, 2023

Francisco-Fernando Granados artist talk Academia in Focus, Civic Leicester, 2023

Francisco-Fernando Granados press release artist talk with Margaret Dragu, Dazibao Gallery, Montreal, 2022

Francisco-Fernando Granados Art Forums Talk, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, 2022

Francisco-Fernando Granados press release Artist Talk, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie Ontario, 2022

Francisco-Fernando Granados video artist talk, Speaker Series, Langara College, Vancouver, 2022

Francisco-Fernando Granados press release Artist-In-Residence Speaker Series, University of Windsor, Ontario, 2015

Published work by Francisco-Fernando Granados

Francisco-Fernando Granados writing samples

Francisco-Fernando Granados publications at Canadian Art 

Francisco-Fernando Granados essay with Ricky Varghese "Mourning and mediation on Erika DeFreitas a visual vocabulary for hands in mourning," Other Places Reflections on Media Arts In Canada, Ed Deana Bowen, online publication, 2023 

Published work about Francisco-Fernando Granados

Francisco-Fernando Granados artist book review by Didier Morelli, Border Crossing Magazine, 2021

Press release

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List of Grants, Awards and Projects

Francisco-Fernando Granados Studio Session project with Erika DeFreitas, Trinity Square Video, Toronto, 2022 

Francisco-Fernando Granados overview SPACE billboard project, Mercer Union Centre of Contemporary Art, Toronto, 2017

Documents courtesy of the artist 

Biography (2023)

CV (2023)

Using Format