In the span of 25+ years, Rick Frausto's artwork has been featured in numerous galleries and exhibitions and has been placed in many private collections. He's also had the honor of being commissioned to create custom works of art for Audi, The Smithsonian, actress Leisha Hailey of The L Word, author of The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold, fashion editor/designer/publisher Lisa Eisner, photographer Bruce Weber, Free City founder Nina Garduno and Captain Charles Moore of the Algalita Research Foundation. Feel free to check out Rick's resumé if you wish to learn more about his work history.
"Art reminds us of what it means to be human." -Rick Frausto
My process is about change, growth, discovery, transformation and continuously expanding my vision of what is possible. Through my work, I strive to contribute to a shift in consciousness that leans towards a more balanced, harmonious and awakened world.
As far back as I can remember, I’ve felt compelled to create. It all began with building mini villages out of mud when I was just 5 years old. My affinity with the earth element led to a love for sculpting with clay, the first medium I formally started making art with. As a youngster, I was also heavily influenced by my Native American Grandfather- a tinkerer and folk artist who taught me how to create whimsical creatures, characters and structures using objects that people discarded and treasures that I found in nature. Early on in my career, I began combining components I’d sculpt from clay with found, recycled and repurposed objects and natural materials to create one-of-a-kind assemblage sculpture, which was my primary focus for the first twenty years of my career.
In the last five years, my focus has shifted from the sculptural realm to working in the mediums of pen & ink illustration, photography, custom lighting design and creating one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces that I make in collaboration with my wife, Kim. In January of 2017, I closed up my studio in Long Beach California and took off to travel the world- an experience that has brought a new found inspiration to my practice. I’ve since settled in Santa Fe New Mexico; a place that has truly sparked my imagination with all its natural beauty and deep historical, cultural and artistic roots.