Fausto Fernandez is a mixed media collage artist whose art works include a variety of paintings, public art, and community engagement projects.
In his work he applies everyday objects, such as botanical drawings, sewing patterns, wallpaper, and diagrammatic sources that are commercially manufactured items. Like many artists he borrow freely from the art of the past, pop artists consistently look for mundane objects and abandon the their conventional use to present them in a different way. In college he studied graphic design along with painting, and his skills as a designer bare a strong imprint on the paintings and collages. Strong lines and geometric shapes anchor the free-floating elements, which I weave together. Inspired by the abstract expressionist, his current work consist of “action and gesture” resulting in an emotional and painterly display.
His work has been selected for exhibitions at the Gate Cultural Center in San Pedro, California; McNay Museum of Art in San Antonio; Akron Museum in Ohio; Mesa Contemporary Arts at Arizona’s Mesa Arts Center; Tempe Center for the Arts in Arizona; Smithsonian’s George Gustav Heye Center in New York; and Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, Canada. His collages are in the permanent collections at Tucson Museum of Art in Arizona, Phoenix Art Museum, The Heard Museum, The Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at The University of Texas at El Paso, and The City of El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs Department.
Public art works produced by Fausto Fernandez include the production site-specific artwork at the Scottsdale waterfront in Arizona, which was commissioned by the city of Scottsdale Public Art with special participation from the Salt River Project; the 10,000-square-foot terrazzo floor design at the Sky Train Station at the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, commissioned by The City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture using aviation-specific art funds; a community arts project in San Pedro, California – partnered with members of the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters, as well as pile drivers, bridge dockers, and wharf builders – a site installation commissioned by Angels Gate Cultural Center for the Main Gallery; and a permanent installation at the East Rancho Dominguez Park in East Compton California commissioned by The LA County Arts Commission Civic Artist Pre-Qualified List.
Fausto Fernandez was the artist in residence at the Border Art Residency in La Union, New Mexico in 2014, and artist in residence at the Martin and Lorraine Kaminsky Residency program in Miami Florida in 2016. He currently lives and works in Phoenix, Arizona. Born in El Paso,Texas, Fernandez lived in Ciudad Juarez in Chihuahua, Mexico, until age 25. The artist has also resided in Anthony, New Mexico, and Los Angeles, California.