Born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1957, Fernando Sucre was raised on a steady diet of 1960’s American television (Astroboy, Jonny Quest and The Jetsons dubbed in Spanish) while being exposed to space age design and technology by his father, the national government’s chief engineer. Somewhere along the way, his father’s bridges and highways and those wacky futuristic cartoons produced a lasting impression on this young and creative mind. Though gifted from an early age with drawing and painting skills, Sucre listened to his parents’ sense of reason and decided to pursue a career in aeronautical engineering. Sucre attended college in the United States at the Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida. After working several years in the aerospace field as an engineer and licensed mechanic at companies like Arrow Air and Eastern Airlines, Sucre began to realize that his true calling might not lie in fixing aircraft. Acting on his natural artistic inclinations, he decided to explore the world of painting and enrolled in a fine arts school in Caracas. While exploring imagery that captivated his mind’s eye, Sucre became aware that he had somehow fallen under the spell of the American Pop culture. Blending his engineer’s perspective with his artistic fascination for everything “pop”, Sucre began to paint in a style that echoed the American pop art masters Warhol and Lichtenstein while at the same time incorporating something uniquely Latino into his work.
His one man show “POP AIR” at the InterFlight Studio Gallery in the Wynwood Art District offers a colorful blending of Sucre’s life experiences. He painted a whole hangar-full of fabulous pop airplanes. From early aerospace and vintage aircraft to World War II bombers to modern fighters, commercial carriers and Lear jets, it’s obvious that Sucre still loves airplanes. But these aren’t just any old airplanes… these aircraft are flying through the crazy POP world of “Sucrevision”; hot pink Concordes, purple 747’s and lemon yellow Cessna’s. This is obviously an artist in his element. It’s fun, it’s POP, it’s Fernando Sucre and its worth a look!