Engineer, sculptor, stage designer and interior designer, Fernando Cid de Diego was born December 24, 1942 in Valencia, Spain, where his father was the personal lawyer of Salvador Dali.
Cid de Diego was raised in the presence of Dali since the young age of 14 years old, influencing and inspiring him and in some ways becoming an artist because of his influence, although he had already been sculpting since the age of 9.
Despite being a master draftsman, Cid de Diego specialized in the world of Sculpture, which he has been selling around he world to private collectors for over 55 years.
“A gifted craftsman in drawing, his lines are almost photographic. He is one of the best craftsman I have ever known”, said His Excellency Admiral Manuel Guillén, Director of the Naval Museum in Madrid, where Cid de Diego completed the research for his degree in Naval Engineering.
Two distinctly unique forces collaborated in the creation of this artist: his innate predisposition for art, and the technical knowledge acquired through his studies of engineering that can be so difficult and rare for an artist to acquire.
Some of his collectors include the Queen Sofia of Spain, where he had the honor of being personally invited to the Royal Palace of Spain, also The White House in Washington DC, the Dali Museum in Figueras in Spain, Lord Robbins the Lion (Chairman of the National Gallery, a trustee of the Tate Gallery, the Director of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden), and several other personalities in Latin America, Europe and the USA.
He is the winner of many distinguished International awards and Gold Medalist in 2 consecutive Fine Art Biennials as well as gaining several other medals in other Biennials and fine art competitions. Through Queen Sofia, Cid de Diego was commissioned to create the emblem of UNICEF in Geneva.
Later in his career he was able to take the scale of his work to yet another level by founding a Set Design company allowing him to create monuments and incredible productions in different countries around the world. Most recently, he has been working on a collection made of wire, called “Haciendo Cara Al-Hambre”, “Wired Against Hunger”, in which he uses a very common material to create wonderful and valuable pieces of Art that when sold he donates part of the proceeds to the Fight Against Hunger.
For Cid de Diego, his drawing is nothing less than the perfect tool with which to give contour to his works. Cid de Diego thinks volume, sees volume, and dreams volume. Thus his captivation by the art form makes perfect sense.
The result of all this is an artist who reveals himself as a cultivated, humanistic and technical man. In Cid de Diego is the soul of a renaissance man with an insatiable curiosity, capable of writing a poem, working with machinery, painting a canvas and carving a sculpture.