Angela Faustina’s sticky-sweet oil paintings transform glistening fruit into its own unique world. Capturing perfectly ripe, juicy fruit flesh in each brushstroke, her artwork focuses on the beauty and vibrancy of life. These paintings are bright, lively, intimate, and bold as hell. Walking the line between realism and idealism, these are not your traditional still life paintings.
Close-cropped but not confined, Faustina’s fruit is a complex landscape that serves as a bridge from the universal to the personal. Magnifying often overlooked and minute details, textures, and patterns beneath the peel parallels the heightened awareness and attention that her body demands due to her lupus. The dichotomy between vibrant color and delicate intricacies of her fruit paintings echoes the strength and fragility inherent to chronic illness.
Although the fruit is presented in an original way, the common subject matter represents a universally shared experience that spans borders, religion, and culture. Due to her fresh take on the genre and the universal appeal of her subject matter, Faustina’s artwork has been collected and exhibited for 16 years in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Her mouth-watering murals are on view in America’s vibrant southeastern cities, including Atlanta, St. Petersburg, and Florence, AL. Educators around the world include her artwork in their still life and photorealism curricula. Faustina is represented by Signet Contemporary Art in London, England, and The Loft in Marietta, GA.
Faustina grew up in South Florida but has been proudly calling the Atlanta area home since 2015. She graduated summa cum laude with concentrations in Studio Art and History from New College of Florida in Sarasota, FL, while completing additional coursework at Ringling College of Art & Design in Sarasota and Parsons: The New School for Design in New York, NY.