SYLVER FAUSTINO – FAUSTY ART
In your words… Tell us about your organization, business, initiative.
When I am commissioned for a piece, I ask strange questions, and pay attention from the minute you say hello. Everything and everyone is surreal. If you don’t know how to put it into words, then I will just put it into an art. The art will go home with you, fresh and therapeutic, or tension relieving and comedic, or it will be gifted to someone else! Either way, I like to think it also gets looked at every morning, and it sends out all those good vibes I put into making it. My gallery works are a visual space of the surreal mind. Nostalgia and color are pushing the pedals into this world of art where there is a constant search for the humor and light in such a chaotic generation.
Tell us a bit about you and why you do what you do? Share your passions for your business, initiative, organization.
My art is just a fancy way of taking notes. I take notes on everything. The wind, the sun, the neighbor, the weird caveman commercial, a questionable cartoon from fifty years ago, the community, you, myself etc. I also take notes ON everything… notebooks, walls, large saw blades, a lamp from your aunt’s hoarded basement you almost threw out… The more art I make from my note taking, the more connected and related I feel with the community around me. I am not driven by monetary gain but rather, my need to feel loved and accepted through my art. I want in on the adventure, in exchange for my obscure creativity. Enough to financially survive would be nice too.
What role do you think your business plays in supporting a more creative community? OR your community in general. (Bonus! Why do you think a more creative community is important?)
My approach as an artist isn’t traditional. I pick everything apart and put it together using my own perspective. A mash up of experiences. I’m writing a new language with my art. I want to use our history, community, and facts to paint a pathway for our future. I always hear the “Oh man, what a world we are leaving for our kids!” and I always reply with, “I have two kids, and I don’t know about you, but I’m leaving them with instructions, and a map.” The most important thing is that patience and time will always be there to stress us beyond our wits. I want my art to reflect two reminders to the community: The calm breath inside us that tells us to laugh and remember we are intelligent spirits having an experience, and that we have abilities to change our future. Sprinkled with comic relief.
What was the last book you read that made an impact on you?
The last book I read was probably Monster by A. Lee Martinez, and The Fool by Christopher Moore. Both written in a comedic passive aggressive surrealistic voice. I have an extensive brain library of almost every animated movie or cartoon segment ever made, so thats pretty impactful. I also watch a lot of earth science documentaries. I am considering studies in oceanography/meteorology in the distant future to involve myself in a more scientific progressive way for our community…You know what? Everything makes an impact on me. I’m a sensitive ninny. But it works out in the end.
What’s the one thing people would be surprised to learn about you our your business?
Hmmmmmm: I’m an Airbender and I was sorted into Ravenclaw. I play the accordion. I can understand a bunch of languages at random because of my background. I ask all my clients what their favorite childhood cartoon was, and I keep it in a notebook on my drafting table.