Paints: Mixing Oil, Acrylic and Oil Sticks, Graffiti Markers and Graff-City Paint

John Paul Fauves (b.1980) is a Costa Rican artist. His art
formation starts from a young age, having an art tutor when
his parents noticed his affinity for art. As he
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John Paul Fauves
Mickey Under Louis

2017

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Paints: Mixing Oil, Acrylic and Oil Sticks, Graffiti Markers and Graff-City Paint John Paul Fauves (b.1980) is a Costa Rican artist. His art formation starts from a young age, having an art tutor when his parents noticed his affinity for art. As he grew up he became a student under Joaquin Rodriguez del Paso, one of the most important modern art teachers in Costa Rica. Fauves studied under him for more than 15 years. Worldly-minded, Fauves decided to start promoting his art online through social media and the web, which was a turning point for him. The result was almost immediate and just a year later, he began having art shows all over the world alongside important media impact through articles in Forbes and Vogue. “A Loss of Innocence” is a body of work which powerfully transports Fauves’ feelings about the latter-day human condition and the persisting exposure to desires. In his work, Fauves creates with his brush strokes his perspective on how sometimes these temptations can evolve into a hedonistic lifestyle, where the search for pleasure is the only road with no regards to consequences. In this series, Fauves uses modern icons and recreates portraits of famous young people who paid with their lives the “loss of innocence”, the body of work presenting the molding of the self to fit into society as people age. Even though they begin their lives oblivious to societal pressures, they consequently start to hide behind their ego, creating a mask instead of embracing the truest version of themselves. Within the artistic process of appropriating Disney characters, Fauves makes use of childhood icons to express his notion, subsequently corrupts them, and destroys the principal of recognized innocence, thus conveying the idea of the childhood naivety lost upon developing the ego, the being consumed by a life pleasure-seeking distractions, void of any soul, covered by the mask. Fauves considers his style to be Neo Pop Fauvism, a term new to our time. The use of color with lots of texture and his deconstructive ideas of art create harmony amongst the chaos. In reference to his methods, Fauves says that “Once I have an idea or vision of what I want to create, I usually sketch it first and bring to life what is in my head. Then I bring this to a big format on canvas and use acrylic paint, mostly with spray paint, Chinese ink and most recently resin.” Fauves’ upcoming current work concept of a “NoProfile”, refers to the process in which people begin place all of their worth into commercial pursuit, sacrificing their inner selves, almost devoid of a soul, becoming a shell in a world of materialism. Ultimately, Fauves aims to hold a mirror to the viewer, making them realize that this life is not merely a physical experience, but rather a spiritual journey in the form of self-discovery. Escazú Project aims to capture the challenging nature of Fauves’ work, hoping to highlight his mission in provoking self-reflection on the viewers’ own lives and our society, by means of his intricate and rule-breaking pieces. Fauves has exhibited in the Krause Gallery, NYC, Imitate London, ARCO Madrid, Art Palm Beach, Miami, Art Basel Miami, Laurent & Martin Gallery, LA Style Fashion week, HOMME gallery, Guy Hepner, NYC, Meir Art Gallery, Belgium, Shanghai Art Fair, and at Paris Design Week. Additionally he has been interviewed by Vice Mexico, Hero Magazine, Please Magazine, Hunger TV, Metal Magazine, Glass Magazine, Vendome Mag, Vogue Italia, and Forbes.

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  • Dimensions
    H 78 in. x W 52 in. x D 2.5 in.H 198.12 cm x W 132.08 cm x D 6.35 cm
  • Gallery Location
    NEW YORK, NY
  • Reference Number
    LU126814680102
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