Fernando de la Cueva, Madrid 1953, has been interested in aviation his whole life.  He is a sailplane and private pilot and cooperates with Madrid based Infante de Orleans Foundation, that is dedicated to preserving and flying old airplanes in Spain.

He stood out in drawing classes from his childhood, and in 1971 he graduated from Needham High School, Massachusetts, He had been drawing and painting since he can recall, but his true art vocation surfaced about twenty years ago, and ever since, he has been painting only aeronautical themes.

He has done covers and illustrations for books and specialised magazines. He has pioneered in Spain the painting of Spanish Civil War scenes that have led to limited edition prints signed by prominent pilots from both sides of the conflict.  He has held many one-man exhibitions devoted exclusively to Aviation, winning both 1st and 2nd prices at the Spanish Air Force Art Contest, and took Best of Show at the 2004 Art Contest in the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, Florida, USA.

He paints mainly in acrylics and his work can be found in public and private collections in Europe and the U.S.A. He is an American Society of Aviation Artists (ASAA) Artist Fellow, being the only Spaniard up to date to have achieved that honor. His aim is to promote aviation art, making his paintings attractive to people who are not familiar with this topic.  In order to achieve this, he is composing part of his latest works with more or less classical renditions of aeronautical subjects along with textures and less orthodox light and color techniques in extreme landscape and diptych formats.

He is married, has two children and two grandchildren.

His works can be found in private collections of Spain, Switzerland, Nederland, Italy, United Kingdom, Venezuela and the U.S.A., and also in official centers, Aerospace companies and Aeronautical Museums.

Artistic career:

2012 Kunstreich gallery, Bern (Switzerland), one man show.
2011 I.B. Gallery, Moraira, collective show.
2010 Melquior enoteca, Madrid, one man show.
2009 Larra 10 Gallery, Madrid, one man show
2008 Kunstreich Gallery , Bern (Switzerland), one man show
2006 Larra 10 Gallery, Madrid, one man show
2005 Horizons of Flight Juried Exhibition, Dallas Ft. Worth (Texas) U.S.A
2004 Larra 10 Gallery, Madrid, one man show
2004 Best of Show, Art Exhibition National Museum of Naval Aviation, Pensacola (Florida) U.S.A.
2004 Horizons of Flight Juried Exhibition, Dallas Ft. Worth (Texas) U.S.A.
2003 First Prize Spanish Air Force Art Contest.
2003 International Juried Aerospace Art Exhibition, Hill Aerospace Museum, Utah U.S.A. Collective show.
2002 Mark Twain Library Juried Show, Redding (Connecticut) U.S.A.
2001 Admitted as Artist Fellow in the American Society of Aviation Artists (ASAA) U.S.A.
2001 International Juried Art Exhibition, Canada Aviation Museum, Ottawa, collective show.
2000 Spanish Airline Pilots Union, one-man show.
1998 Fundación Infante de Orleáns Museum, Cuatro Vientos Airport (Madrid), one-man show.
1997 Pamplona Noaín Airport, one-man show.
1997 Gran Vía 59 Gallery, Madrid, one-man show.
1996 Second Prize, Spanish Air Force Art Contest.
1994 Nicolás Salmerón Cultural Center, Madrid City hall, one-man show.
1993 Iberia Veterans, Madrid, one-man show.
1993 Orfila Gallery, Madrid, one-man show.
1991 Orfila Gallery, Madrid, one-man show.
1991 Culture House, Torrelodones (Madrid), one-man show.
1991 DACAL Gallery, Madrid, collective show “19 for 91”.
1990 Las Rozas (Madrid), one-man show.
1989 Burgo Centro 42 Gallery, Las Rozas (Madrid), one-man show.
1988 Rembrandt Gallery, Madrid collective show “Homage to Spanish Painters”.
1987 First Prize, Spanish Air Force Art Contest.