In 1981, while he was also studying graphic design, Fernando Maquieira (Puertollano, Ciudad Real, 1966) joined the photographer Fernando Gordillo’s studio as an assistant. Between 1998 and 2012 he worked at graphic art firm Cromotex. Later, in parallel to his personal projects, he collaborated with several museums and institutions making photographic reproductions of artworks.
His influences are rooted in the North American tradition, especially in the work of photographers such as Walker Evans. However, he has progressively interested in contemporary references. Between 2007 and 2009 he developed the project Fe [Faith] in which he portrayed different belief systems. The project came about after a trip to Iran and a fellowship at the Spanish Academy in Rome (2008). He was awarded the Fundación La Caixa FotoPres Grant in 2007 which allowed him to complete the series Ruta 40. In recent years he has been recognized for the work Guía nocturna de museos [Museum Night Guide], that was exhibited at Tabacalera Promoción del Arte Madrid in 2017. In this series the artist proposes a new interpretation of artworks during the time that museums are closed to the public.
Maquieira has been the recipient of numerous awards such as the first prize at PhotoEspaña’s PHotoMAratón in 2002, and was the runner up of the 10th edition Pilar Citoler International Photography Biennial award in 2020.