A philosopher both in the formal sense and by way of artistic practice, Fernando Casas has forged a unique career as a painter and scholar of time and the self. Born in Cochabamba, Bolivia, Casas earned his BA at Colorado College before earning his PhD in Philosophy at Rice University, where he lectured in philosophy and the humanities for almost twenty years. Casas works in a variety of mediums: primarily a painter, he has also exhibited installations and worked with collage and found materials. Running throughout Casas’ pieces is an insistent engagement with the viewer, challenging them to look, perceive, and probe the ways in which their mind constitutes reality. Casas challenges the viewer to look anew at the world, to appreciate the ways in which it is fantastic and strange. Casas has had his work featured in international exhibits and published philosophical writings on his art and the themes it explores. He is currently on the faculty of the Women’s Institute of Houston.