Fernando Palma (1957) is a Mexican artist and activist. He is an industrial engineer graduated from UPIICSA (Interdisciplinary Professional Unit of Engineering and Social and Administrative Sciences) (1982); He completed his Bachelor of Arts and Art History at the Goldsmiths College of the University of London (1991); He holds a postgraduate in Sculpture from the Slade School of Fine Art 1991-1993. He won the High National Certificate in electronics at Twickenham College, United Kingdom 1997-2000; and has participated in various artistic residencies: in the Netherlands from 1994-1995 where he acquired a postgraduate degree in robotic sculpture at the Rijks Akademie Van Beeldende Kunsten; at Museo del Chopo 2014, Australia 2008, Colombia 2008 and Bangladesh 2004. His work has been influenced by the artist and activist Jimie Durham, and has been dedicated to the study of the indigenous history of America and its different expressions: social activism, and struggle for the conservation of the environment, precosterian and contemporary art. His practice, predominantly sculptural, demonstrates an interest in the pre-Columbian art and mythology of Mexico, as well as his evident experience as an industrial engineer. His work attempts to address the teachings of past cultures and the impact of technology on the environment. Among his individual exhibitions include Totlalhuan, Mictlantecuhtli, Chak-ek, Kan in House of Gaga, Mexico City and Tlatla'zo'huenmanaz in Parallel Oaxaca. However, his work is part of several private collections in the United States of America, Mexico, Europe, as well as the MUAC museum, the Hide Museum of Fine Art Melbourne inAustralia and is currently represented by GAGA gallery in Mexico.
He is a founding member of Calpulli Tecalco, an organization based in Mexico City, which seeks to research and preserve the cultural heritage of indigenous cultures. Their work seeks to preserve and revitalize the traditional knowledge that the indigenous people of the south of the Cuenta de Anahuác have made in their interaction with the environment, enabling natural reserves and highly sustainable agricultural systems that are nowadays in danger of disappear.