Artist whose pictorial work is distinguished by the rescue and exploitation of iconographic representations from comics, cartoons, art history and advertising for the creation of compositions where, through clean color planes and a rigorous exercise in synthesis, often reflects critically on issues of his time. In these paintings, Ugalde alters and recontextualizes famous pieces of contemporary and classic art to load them with new meanings or strip them of prominence.
After graduating from the National School of Painting, Sculpture and Engraving "La Esmeralda" in 1997, Fabián Ugalde began exhibiting his paintings in various museums, cultural spaces and university forums both in Mexico and in countries in Europe, Asia and South America. He has 14 individual exhibitions and more than 130 collective exhibitions, among which Art vs Art at the Museo de la Ciudad de Querétaro, Comic Release: Negotiating Identity for a New Generation at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, El Placer de lo Parecido. Signs and Metaphors at the Institute of Culture of Mexico in Washington, DC, Contemporary Latin American Painting at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Ecuador, MesoAmerica: Oscillations and Artifices at the Atlantic Center of Modern Art in Spain, Mexican Report at Blue Star Art Space at Texas, Waste-Accessories in the Museum of the City of Querétaro, Five Continents and one City in the Museum of the City of Mexico, and Four Seasons in the Center of the Arts of Monterrey.
Ugalde's work has received recognition in various competitions, including first place for acquisition at the X Rufino Tamayo Painting Biennial in 2000 and a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in New York in 2001. He has obtained the Youth scholarships Creators and the National System of Artistic Creators in various editions.
He currently lives and works in Mexico City.