In 1969, Fernando Ibañez Alcaraz was born in Alcoy, Alicante, Spain. In 1984, he began studying forms of art in the studio of a master teacher and artist. For over six years Alcaraz worked under his mentor and dedicated five years to the art of drawing. He was guided by his teacher and sup- ported by critical encouragement from companions and classmates while attending the local art school, Escuela de Artes y Oficios in Alcoy. After studying all arts and techniques, Alcaraz chose to specialize in oil painting without leaving aside his interest in pastels, watercolor and pencil drawing.
Alcaraz has participated in collective and individual exhibitions: In 1985, he placed second in the IV Concurso de Careles de Fiestas de Moros y Cris- tianos in Ibi, Alicante. He exhibited his work at the Encuentro Mundial for the Fraternidad Hermana, in the Palace for Exhibitions and Congress of Granada in July 1992.
In October 1992, he exhibited his work in a collective exposition in the Sala de Arte EMECE of Alcoy. In 1994, he participated in a collective exhibition at the Casa de la Cultura of Sollana in Valencia. In 1996, Alcaraz partici- pated in the Sala de Arte EMECE of Alcoy’s Grand Collection of Contempo- rary Teachers of Realism.
Alcaraz is known for his soft-hued Spanish beaches and town scenes. He draws the viewer into his work with his unique use of light and shadow, texture and smooth surface reminding them of a quaint Mediterranean afternoon.