Fausto Fernandez - Art and Art Curation
Fausto Fernandez
Fausto Fernandez

Fausto Fernandez

Phoenix, AZ

"My works are mixed-media collages, paintings, public art, and community engagement projects."
Fausto Fernandez is a mixed media collage artist living in Phoenix Arizona. Born in El Paso, Texas, Fernandez grew up in Ciudad Juarez in Chihuahua, Mexico, for two decades. The artist has also resided in Anthony, New Mexico, and Los Angeles, California.
His studio creations are colorful, geometric mixed-media collages on canvas that depict flowers, tools, machines, schematics, blueprints and image transfers. Materials used include wallpaper, spray paint and acrylic paint.
Q&A

How do your pieces come to life? Tell us one interesting thing about your creative process?

"Like many artists in my generation, I borrow freely from the art of the past, in both my approach and his imagery, and, as a result, my work takes a multiplicity of forms. My works are colorful mixed-media collages that depict technology, instructional materials and organic shapes in relation to nature. I incorporate tools, machines and aviation renderings into my paintings exploring the relationship between modern technology and nature, and how these ideas conceptually relate to human behavior.
The paintings include a mixture of blue prints, maps, wall paper, asphalt, spray paint, acrylic paint and dress patterns as backgrounds with overlays of bold graphic designs figuring the foreground."
-- Fausto Fernandez
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What do you want people to do or feel when they encounter your creations?

"I want people to see my work as an example of an artist who is navigating through different subjects and techniques. I make series of works with different stories and subjects with the intention of reinventing myself as I go through my personal thoughts and experiences. Most of the time I consider my paintings as experiments that lead on to the next project."
-- Fausto Fernandez
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What funny moments, unexpected surprises, or obstacles have you encountered?

"When I lived in Los Angeles I was hanging out with some friends at my studio and one of my friends noticed 3 opossums inside my studio, we carefully put them in a box and moved them to a nearby park.
When I had my first studio in Phoenix I had a friend of mine as my only neighbor. He was moving out to Long Beach, I find it funny that he walked across the street and talked to the drug dealers and said " I am leaving, take care of my buddy living up there". Truth is that I never had any issues with them for 10 years."
-- Fausto Fernandez
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What is your favorite material to work with?

"My favorite thing to work with is paper on canvas. I employ traditional media and found objects that help him express stories in metaphors, my aesthetics is inspired by the brief interest he had in graphic design before transitioning to computers, and the influence of art history that challenged him to explore alternative forms of expression."
-- Fausto Fernandez
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What motivates and inspires you?

"My artwork is inspired by the artists who I studied in the art history classes were I had an introduction to modern and contemporary art. I was entertained by the ideas, manifestos, lifestyles and cultures of artist in different parts of the world.
I like to think that my work continues to be part of some of the interest I had as a kid, such as mechanical objects, sea creatures, monsters and skateboarding, but are now applied onto canvas with a different context and deeper meanings."
-- Fausto Fernandez
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What makes a space special?

"My art studio and art museums are my special places. For 10 years I was a contractor and an employee installing exhibitions at various art institutions. Working at these places was fundamental to my career. I met local and international artists, learned about the public art process and the museum environment. Eventually, I too, began showing in museums and creating public art. I love the work that goes behind the scenes in museums.
I've had different art studios throughout my career, some I have shared with other artist. Finding the right space is challenging, there is a different issue to adapt in every space, once that studio becomes active then it becomes a special place."
-- Fausto Fernandez
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What’s unique about your work?

"I’m most known for my large scale, multi-media paintings and site-specific installations.
My public artworks include mixed media assemblage that uses paint, powder coated aluminum, ceramic tile, reclaimed wood and corrugated metal. The public artworks have been created through my research and conversations with the local community and project architects.
My studio work both mirrors and explores relationships in life. Everyday objects, such as schematic of tools and flowers, or diagrammatic sources, including sewing patterns, are used as metaphors to complex routines and rituals for daily living.
I layer my work with paint, collage, and drawing materials. In this process, I meld gestural brushwork and intuitive mark making with fragments of realism, including the human face and form. Strong lines and geometric shapes anchor the free-floating elements that weave together."
-- Fausto Fernandez
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