John Paul Fauves, a contemporary artist from Costa Rica who is mixing fragments of popular icons such as Mickey Mouse, James Dean, and Marilyn Monroe, and transforming them into vibrant compositions.
And now, after honing his skills for 15 years and studying under esteemed modern artist, Joaquin Rodriguez del Paso, Fauves has become an internationally recognized artist.
But according to Fauves, it was as early as the day he was born, that he found his hidden inspiration for art.
“It was within my spirit,” said Fauves. “Since I was a kid, I was drawing in notebooks on the bus on the way to school, instead of studying math. But my real journey began four years ago, after I started recovering from a strong drug addition because I was unhappy with the establishment and capitalist systematic world I was living in.”
So he turned to painting.
“I started doing what I love, without regrets or fears. Living life by the moment and by the day.”
Today, Fauves draws from these personal experiences – his name, career, and Instagram account – to manifest his work.
“There are so many things, that build your personality, but those things are an illusion, they’re not real. And the way I manifest these experiences through my art, I tend to disfigure the paintings that I do.”
Multiple faces and noses. Brands and cartoon characters. They are a reflection on Fauves’s “soup of ideas” that he’s garnered through everyday experiences and what he now lacks to identify with. One topic that Fauves notes he is looking to explore, is the fake life glorified on social media.
Art Palm Beach collectors and crowds can find one of Fauves’s paintings located in the The Art Plug Power House booth, highlighting Marilyn Monroe. A projection video will be staged to morph their faces into redesigned images.
But there is one icon that Fauves particularly annotates throughout his collections. Disney’s Mickey Mouse.
“Mickey Mouse is very iconic. I started with Mickey Mouse to talk about the loss of innocence. It’s a very curious topic. Why are we here and why are we born in this world? From seven years old, innocence starts to go away and then we enter the systematic structure of the world. For me, Mickey Mouse is a reflection of this, the pop culture of innocence and how it has degraded.”
Fauves is now working on creating new icons and characters. One concept that he’s drafting is merging buts with characters that have legs and rainbows to reflect on the commentary that beauty can come from anywhere. But he is still writing this story.
And as for the future, he is taking his tutor, Paso’s advice, to just keep painting.
January 17, 2019