Fausto Fernandez, painter/collagist
Fausto Fernandez was born in El Paso, Texas, on September 25, 1975 and raised in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico. With dual citizenship and family in both countries, Fausto was able to move easily between the two throughout his childhood. He spent 25 years as a resident of Mexico and received his education through high school in Juárez, then crossed the border on a regular basis to study at the University of Texas in El Paso, where he received a BFA in graphic design and a BFA in painting. He moved to Arizona in 2002.
Where do you paint? The Lodge art studio at 1231 NW Grand Avenue in downtown Phoenix.
Describe your art/genre: Abstract mixed-media collage, using paper, acrylic and spray paint on canvas.
Favorite artists: No one specific, but I do like the Vik Muniz Pictures of Garbage series, Robert Irwin’s thought process, Matisse’s Blue Nude II, and local artist El Mac is doing some incredible work.
Artist you’d like to meet: Julian Schnabel would be fun to party with, I think.
Recent projects: I just had my first solo show at Gebert Contemporary in November 2010 called The virtue of wisdom; I did a public art piece called Flowing Overlapping Gesture last spring. It was a three-dimensional floating painting; site-specific artwork for Scottsdale Waterfront Canal in Scottsdale.
On the horizon: I’m working on a series of black-and-white paintings, a change from my usual bright-color paintings, and also working on some public art proposals.