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Chicote CFC / 2012
Carlos Fernández Chicote Fernández Vergara or "Chicote CFC" was born in the city of Madrid - Spain, son of Adolfo and Remedios.
Alcorcón, then a modest town south of the great capital with just 200 inhabitants was the place of family residence, a small municipality lacking the facilities and means necessary to give birth to a child.
Apparently somewhat introverted in appearance, during these first years the young Carlos will spend long hours spellbound drawing in the company of his mother while she was doing regular household chores and tasks. Life was monotonous in a home where radio or television did not exist and in which the few night activities that could be carried out, at best, were around a light bulb or candles when there was no regular light
At that time, he entered the "Juan XXIII" study center in Alcorcón (Madrid), where he began his cycle of early childhood education and primary education.
It will be around this age when his uncle, at that time the closest neighbor of the family, "Fernando Santoyo" one day will ask about his future concerns in reference to what he would like to devote when he is older, to which Carlos will respond without doubting for a moment his great desire to be "quadrero ...", having already very clear in spite of the cruel and erroneous answer that for him this supposed to devote himself to painting.
He made a first contact in the family business at the time dedicated to stationery, small toys and press that in March of this year would open its doors and run his mother "Remedios Chicote Vergara" in the main street, 22 Alcorcón (Madrid). Thanks to this, you can have and use your first drawing and painting material.
Begins to give symptoms of great sense and artistic sensitivity, qualities that would not go unnoticed by the tutor who would then govern her fifth course of basic general education that proposed the task of decorating the walls of the classroom in full size every month with impressive drawings painted on wax on brown paper full of illustrations that documented the science subject that was taught at that time and that would mean acquiring great security and precision in the drawing as well as in the learning of the subjects.
Once the cycle of compulsory education of Basic General Education is over, he will repeatedly beg his parents insistently until then to disagree, in an attempt to convince them to allow him to continue his baccalaureate training at the "Juan XXIII" study center Alcorcón (Madrid) near your workplace. They will end up accepting, but in exchange for incompatibility with their obligations at work, they will be forced to complete their classes at night. He will opt for the branch of science knowing that he could combine it with the subject of drawing.
Begin to rehearse and study the effect of depth in the painting in order to obtain the sensation of three dimensions by performing a work composed of three parts, a diffuse colored background on cardboard devoid of detail and two glass panels in which it intercalates various painted figures in superimposed planes all made in tempera. His title, "Three-dimensional - 1975".
During these first years of high school he will make friends with those who will turn out to be his best and most loyal friends for life, "Manuel Redondo and Félix Rubio". They will be the ones who entrust all their pictorial concerns and will be the ones that most influence their education and behavior during so many hours of talks, meetings and leisure time.
He made what will be his first portrait of the ruling monarch "Juan Carlos I - 1976-77" carried out on cardboard and tempera.
Moisés, a family friend and habitual consumer of art products from the family business, amateur and art lover, gives him several books about the technique of pen and ink drawing of which he is very passionate, encouraging his learning. It will certainly help you during these first years.
Participates in the contest of Plastic Arts of the "Center of Academic Studies Juan XXIII" in Alcorcón (Madrid). He is awarded the 2nd Prize with the work made in Chinese ink "Natividad - 1978".
He is hired as a first painter and in the decoration of large tents in the factory-workshop of "Toldos Castellanos" Alcorcón (Madrid) run by D. Eladio Castellanos. From now on you will receive and will have to attend numerous and complex drawing and graphic works always on the sidelines and outside working hours in the family store.
Influenced by fashion and its closest environment is attracted to music, which leads him in a self-taught way, with a guitar manual undone by his brother, to learn this instrument. Soon he will enter the academy of musical studies "Edimey" in which for two years he will receive lessons in Spanish music and guitar. Alcorcón (Madrid).
He makes numerous and varied drawings and works in different sizes and techniques for covers, slides and mural posters that he will use in the presentation and exhibition of themes for the different academic subjects.
He carries out what will be his first clay modeling job. It shows the torso of an Egyptian pharaoh about 25 cm tall, partially colored, which will be called "Egyptian."
Visit for the first time the "Prado Museum" Madrid, a building at that time old and dull that will pleasantly surprise you.
He begins to project his first large mural of 1.5 x 4 meters in enamel paint "National Valuarte - 1979" that would cover much of the walls of the inner courtyard of his parents' house, a project that will be incomplete to know that It would be destroyed shortly after starting it due to remodeling.
He asks his parents for the possibility of studying Fine Arts at the Faculty of Arts of the Complutense University of Madrid, but they deny that request because he does not have the support of his brother, who was then in charge of the family business. They doubt that this can bring a good future.
But at the continuing insistence, at least he obtains permission to appear for the entrance exams as an illustrator in the subsidiary of the animation and filming studios "Hanna Barbera" in the United States. Sister Mª Teresa About to complete the tests to approve her income, she is required to enter military service.
This year begins his journey in the mandatory military service as a waiter in the pool of officers of the Air Force first and within the body of the military police later. He will make a small painting exhibition in the officers' room animated by a captain who will end up taking him great esteem and appreciation. Four Winds (Madrid). Many vacant hours of waiting between service and service in the body of the guard dedicated to the study and reading of authors such as "Plato", "Aristotle", "Niezstche" and "Kafka" whom he met in his student days and that They will immerse you in continuous reflection.