In the summer of 2015, self-taught digital artist Frederic Duquette, otherwise known as Fvckrender, began posting one 3D artwork on social media every day. After a bike accident left him with pain and numbness on his left side, he was waiting tables and watching software tutorials online in every spare moment. He quickly built up a unique body of work and distinctive style, which has seen him garner numerous fans. The daily posts have become an ever-expanding visual diary, a creative database and a futuristic slideshow of hallucinatory imagery.
Surrealista is the first monograph from this provocative Montreal-based creative. It brings together his complete works for the first time, clearly demonstrating its evolution from his early sepia-toned renderings towards mind-bending and eye-opening miniature worlds and a preoccupation with surface and texture.
“I like playing around with texture and form, for example giving the texture of glass to a spider or a flower,” he explains. “It’s not something you would see in real life and that’s what I like about it. I’m trying to create elements based on things you see every day, but with textures that you don’t see every day.”
Using Cinema 4D software, and without any formal design education, Fvckender deliberately ignores the mainstream whilst embracing emerging technologies such as augmented reality. His slick, stylised, but dystopian aesthetic resonates with our time. It has seen him collaborate with musicians, including Flying Lotus, TOKiMONSTA and LilNasX, as well as produce celebrated commercial work for editorial and advertising. Surrealista celebrates the vision of a true internet-age artist at the start of his career.