Fernanda Steele was born and grew up in Italy, lived in London (England) for ten years and in Jamaica for thirty-eight years. She now resides with her husband, Russell Dunbar, in Grenada of which country she has become a citizen.
Her formal education led her toward Literature and she holds a Ph.D in Latin American Literature from the University of the West Indies, Jamaica, where she taught for a few years. She has also participated in a number of Conferences and has published a number of papers on Caribbean authors including Edgar Mittelhozer, Earl Lovelace, Derek Walcott, Tony McNeill, Wilson Harris, Pedro Mir. She has translated Derek Walcott’s Dream on Monkey Mountain into Italian which was published in Milan by Adelphi.
From about the year 2000, however, she turned the focus of her attention towards the visual arts exploring the possibilities of the computer as the medium on which to execute her work. Her work comprises painting as well as artistic photography.
She has held several solo exhibitions in Jamaica and Grenada and has participated in many group shows both in these countries and in Hawaii. Her most recent solo exhibition was held in July 2013 at the Mexican Embassy in St. Lucia.
Her work has been featured on some of the most prestigious Galleries of the net, and has been collected by prestigious institutions such as The University of the West Indies, Jamaica, and by business enterprises such as Hubbards, Grenada. It has also been widely collected by private individuals in Jamaica, Canada, England, the U.S.A, Ireland, France, Italy and Grenada.
The current exhibition represents a selection of works using fractal geometry as a matrix to go into further explorations of her vision.
Fernanda is particularly preoccupied with the concept of Time. This she conceives as fluidity , a continuous motion towards something different, a process which is invisible, except at the moment when one clicks the camera or a different colour or line on the computer. At that point, and only for a split second, one becomes aware of the changes that have taken place in whatever one was considering, be it an object or a colour or an emotion. The computer, with its speed, has made Fernanda particularly aware of the metamorphosis brought about by time, hence she finds it the perfect medium on which to execute her work and she has been exploring its innumerable possibilities since the year 2000.
Fernanda generally does her own printing using archival inks on archival paper, thus guaranteeing the quality of the work. The title of her exhibition is The Brilliance of Labour – Iconographic Explorations and will feature guest speaker, Earl Lovelace.