Fausto Fernandez is a mixed media collage artist living and working in Anthony New Mexico, whose works include a variety of paintings, public art, and community engagement projects, through which he explores the relationship of nature and technology as they intersect with human behavior.
Fernandez’s studio creations are colorful, geometric mixed-media collages on canvas that depict flowers, tools, machines, aviation renderings, and image transfers. Materials used include wallpaper, asphalt, spray paint, acrylic paint and laser jet transfers. Instructional materials, such as schematics and blueprints, provide meaning to his work.
Born in El Paso, Texas, and living in Ciudad Juarez in Chihuahua, Mexico, until age 25, Fausto continued his education by crossing the border on a regular basis to study at the University of Texas in El Paso, where he pursued a double major in graphic design and painting. He completed his BFA degrees in 2001, and in 2002, he moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where he lived and created art for over a decade before relocating to Los Angeles where he lived for 3 years. Fausto currently lives in New Mexico following his 10 month residency in La Union New Mexico.
Fernandez’s work is represented in Santa Fe New Mexico by Turner Carroll Gallery and 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 Museums & 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; and 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 – to produce an installation commissioned by Angels Gate Cultural Center for the Main Gallery. Fernandez is one of 49 artist selected by Los Angeles County Arts Commission for the civic artists prequalified list and is currently working on a public art project at East Rancho Dominguez Park.
In August 2014, Fausto Fernandez was the artist in residence at the Border Art Residency in La Union, New Mexico, for 10 months.
Add Mail here
Gabriel Schmitz (*1970, Dortmund, Germany) took up his studies of painting in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1990 and then proceeded to do a Master in European Fine Art in Barcelona where he has lived and worked since 1994.
Since then he has exhibited on a regular basis in Barcelona, Madrid, Paris, London, Oslo and the United States.
His work shows a profound interest in the human being, either doing portraits or painting figures in loosely defined settings, urban surroundings or interiors, often with a desolate air to it. Cultural icons such as writers, artists or dancers serve as references in other works. His style is often sparse and sketchy, but his figures achieve a strong presence facing the spectator.
Parallel to his painting he has never abandoned the practise of drawing, mostly charcoal on paper, and he also embarks on projects that create new contexts for his work, as for example in his recent series “Walking with Alÿs”, in which he took photographs of two charcoal-drawn figures on the streets of New Jersey and New York.
Paul Kuniholm creates art in three dimensions using formal training in steel sculpture, additionally, two-dimensional art utilizing formal training in textile arts. Time-based genres are employed to create narrative archives of two- and three-dimensional objective artworks. The culmination of these interstitial milieu have been commissioned by governments and cultural institutions world-wide, and often accessioned to private collections. Paul Kuniholm is a fourth-generation Seattle artist active internationally, with concentrated, ongoing, project-based activity in Sweden.
Visual Artists, Zeal Harris is known for creating seductive, caricaturesque, political, urban-vernacular, story paintings. Currently she is bicoastal between Los Angeles and Miami. She holds an MFA in Studio Art from Otis College of Art & Design. She occasionally teaches painting and leads workshops and has been in recent exhibitions at the Port Au Prince Haiti Ghetto Biennale, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, the California African-American Museum, 18th Street Arts Center, and the Caribbean Cultural Center of the African Diaspora in New York. Zeal has been mentioned in art reviews or interviewed on Pacifica Radio, Huffington Post, Fabrik Magazine, The Culture Trip, Life in LA, Obsidian Journal, Requited Journal, the Blk Grrrl Show, Clocktower Radyo Shak, the LA Weekly, and The Los Angeles Times. She will also be a featured artist in UCLA professor Paul Von Blum's recently published book on African-American artists in Los Angeles.
Zeal was raised in southern Virginia, in a small town named Phoebus that's adjacent to Hampton University. It was her Great Aunt whom she called "Mama", and the customers of her soul food cafe who first encouraged her to become an artist. After getting encouragement from a high school teacher, Zeal got a job as portrait and caricature artist at the local amusement park, Busch Gardens in Colonial Williamsburg. She worked during the summers and used income from that job to enter Howard University in Washington, DC, where she majored in Theater Technology with a minor in Art.
After working in make-up design and in various production jobs in theater, opera, television, news, awards shows, for companies such as in Washington DC, and Los Angeles such as BET, Arena Stage Theater, HBO Films, and an Essence Awards Show, Zeal attended UCLA's Graduate Film School. There, she took a painting class for non-majors and was delighted to find that after struggling with becoming a playwright and screenwriter, her storytelling vision came through more clearly and strongly as a painter. While working for a couple of boutique art galleries as an art consultant, she concurrently developed her own body of work which gained her acceptance into Otis College of Art & Design’s Studio Art program.
Since attaining a graduate degree, Zeal continually creates and exhibits her artwork. In addition to making art, Zeal takes social dancing, international cuisine, fun earrings, and telling jokes pretty seriously. She also wishes that she had more time to read graphic novels, travel, and watch foreign films…all while making art of course.