Atlanta artist Angela Faustina’s bright still-life paintings burst from the canvas and may very well have you craving the detailed, larger-than-life pomegranates, peaches, limes and oranges you see. She’s captivated by the vibrancy and viscosity of her sweet subjects, a common theme whether she’s painting indoors or out.
In spring 2018, Faustina swapped her oils and canvases for paint buckets and roller brushes and made her first contribution to the annual Stacks Squares Mural Project in Cabbagetown; last summer she took part in the citywide OuterSpace Project. Her artwork has been internationally collected and exhibited for 14 years. She grew up in South Florida but started calling the Atlanta area home in 2015.
Once Faustina, 32, tasted public art, she was hooked. “Stacks Squares gave me an opportunity to open my work beyond expensive oil paintings and to broaden my audience,” she says. “I loved the energy of working with other artists and engaging with the community.” The mural, titled Pomegranate XXXVI, shows the ruby seeds of a perfectly ripe pomegranate. “The first thing I did in preparation,” she says, “was to rip open the fruit and take photos.”
In addition to the Stacks Squares and OuterSpace projects, she’s done Peach III (at 48 Powder Springs St. in Marietta) and Citrus Medley for the 2018 SHINE Street Mural Festival in St. Petersburg, Florida. With Pomegranate XLVI, she used spray paint on a Path400 wall in Buckhead.
Faustina has a B.A. degree in liberal arts from the New College of Florida in Sarasota, where she studied studio art and history. She’s done additional coursework at Ringling College of Art & Design in Sarasota and at Parsons School of Design in New York City. A family tradition of Halloween pumpkin-carving sparked her curiosity in still-life painting. Then, while taking photography in college, she cut open a pumpkin and photographed its innards. “I bought the biggest pumpkin I could find and stuck my DSLR inside the cavity to take a better look.” The photos eventually became the basis for a painting assignment.
Faustina will join 12 other artists for ABV Gallery’s Drink and Doodle Live Virtual Edition from 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday, April 29. The event will be livestreamed on Facebook and will give viewers a chance to bid on the original artwork through an online auction.
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