Fernando Vega

Artist bio

Hello everyoneÑ:) My name is Fernando Vega and I am 24 years old. I come from El Salvador, a very little yet amazingly beautiful country in Central America. I am currently studying Communications and at the same time I am preparing myself through different courses alongside to become a motion grapher and film director. I love photography; it is in my DNA. Everything that has to do with producing, editing and using a camera is something I absolutely love. My mind and soul are married to creativity and for me is such an important and amazing opportunity to be able to participate in this contest, in which I can express myself through my passion and inspired my work through the Scripture at the same time. I’ve been blessed to have been raised in a Christian family however, I have never had the chance to make artwork from a Christian point of view. Catarina Calderón: Hi EA team:) My name is Catarina Calderón and I am a 25 year old warrior of Christ.I was born in El Salvador however, I am also half Venezuelan. I am currently living in my tiny but beautiful tropical paradise in Central America; El Salvador, which in Spanish it actually means The Savior. This is one of many blessings that make me feel proud to come from this country and therefore, be able to participate in this amazing platform which gives creative minds and hearts like mine, the opportunity to showcase different types of art with the Scripture as its foundation. One of my biggest blessings in life is to have been raised in a Christian home. Nevertheless, it was my only and older sister, who since I was little taught me about our almighty and loving Father. Therefore, I had the chance to grow up knowing God and build a relationship with him within time. Some facts about me: I love adventures because I have an hyperactive, edgy, and free-spirited mom. Sports have always been a part of my life since I have a super sporty dad. I was a high performance athlete in Tennis and Squash until I was 18, and this gave me the opportunity to represent my country in various occassions. I love dogs with all my heart and some of my hobbies are cooking, designing, sleeping, dancing and painting. Last but not least, I decided to study Communications and International Relations in Vancouver, Canada in order to use the poweful tool of communicating in any way, to influence people through love, empathy, solidarity, tolerance, and service. With all my heart I believe that these are Some of the greatest gifts God has given to humanity, and we as humans have the responsibility to spread, teach and be an example of these virtues with/through our lives.


The Softness of the Hardship



Artist Statement

We all should be taught since we are kids that we do have the weapons to fight evil. Before going combat you don’t put all the gear all at once, it’s a process and this process should start since we are little to prepare for harships of ‘’life’’ which has both good and evil.

I decided to named this 3 piece artwork: The Softness of the Hardship because I chose to represent the human being that has spiritual battles on a daily basis with stuffed animals. Stuffed Animals are linked to kids and childhood and even when we grow up, we all still have an inner child that we need to protect and never lose. Just like love is the opposite of hate, soft is the opposite of hard. And the essence of our hearts is soft, loving and pure just like a stuffed animal and in that essence that every child had, the Armour of God is found.

How it fits into contest

The Spiritual Battle of the selected passage is represented in this artwork with the stuffed animals standing for humans and the rest of elements in each pictuere symbolizing the spiritual battle.
In the teddy bear the ropes are pulling him away to symbolize the struggle between good and evil described in Ephesians 6:10-20. However, the teddy bear has his eyes cover with a mirror that has written down Christ since even between any battle that we may have, God is there and we never should take our sight away from Christ. In the donkey picture, the apple below it is a representation of all the sins and dark forces in the world. The stuffed animal is being pulled away from it by a rosary, sybolizing how God with His Armor protect us and take us away from what is not good for us, even when we might not like His ways (just like it seems the donkey is being hanged) but it is actually meaning that God has us and protects us.

Finally in the unicorn picture, you can see it is covered by lights. Lights here, represent the Armor of God from the head to our feet that is described in the passage. But even when we are protected the unseen forces of evil are real and in this picture they are depicted in the reflection of the mirror where you can see two hands coming from the dark This gives the impression that the devil's scheme is always around us trying to take us.

The stuffed animals have another meaning and goal in the artwork. They represent the full armor of God described in Ephesians 6: 13-17, which can be found as virtues in every child: truth (the belt of truth), rightneousness (the breast of rightneousness in place), readiness (with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace) , faith (In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one) , Salvation and Spirit (Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.) In conclusion, human essence is good, since we are kids we come with the armour of God within us, we just have to become conscious of it and learn as soon as possible to use the weapons to fight the spiritual battles.

Ephesians 6: 18 is in each picture. The continuos prayer during the spiritual battle field (And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests) is always there inside the stuffed animals even when we can not see it. But prayer somtimes is made in silence.


Fernando Vega: Photographer, Executive Producer, Editor, and Lighting Technician

Catarina Calderón: Photographer and Creative Director

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