Meet Rick, Artist & Maker behind Frausto Art Stickers
It all started when I was two years old and discovered my dad’s model paints. The shocked reaction from my parents when they found me covered head to toe in paint had a huge impact on me. A sense of rebellion was born in me that day. From a very young age I’ve been pushing back on social norms and the expectation to conform by making art and activism my life’s work.
Read his story below
What inspired you to start your creative enterprise?
It wasn’t really planned. It happened very organically. I came to Long Beach in the mid 90s and immediately began showing in local galleries. At that time, creating assemblage sculpture was my primary practice. I kept a studio and made & sold hundreds of pieces over a 20 year period. At the beginning of 2017, my wife and I sold everything and began our journey traveling the world. I needed a portable artform that could travel easily. That’s when I started developing my illustrations -- simple black and white drawings with relevant messages woven throughout have had the most impact with my audience. It’s continued to grow from there, and now some of those images can be found in my eco-friendly sticker collection.
“I’ve had many different types of jobs throughout my art career to help sustain my creative life -- everything from bartending to picture framing to being an Art Director for an influential LA lifestyle brand.”
What steps did you initially take to set yourself apart?
By the time I reached adulthood, I’d already developed proprietary processes that became the hallmark of my work, making it very recognizable. My chosen medium at the time (primarily found objects) was unique, as were the reasons that drove me to create -- not art for artsake, but rather, a practice that was rooted in environmentalism. A touch of whimsy and a taste for nostalgia gave each piece created during that era a lightness and sense of humor that brought balance to the otherwise serious subject matter.
What is your favorite local mural or piece of street art, what strikes you about it?
The Protest Chalkboard on 4th Street located at the very beginning of Retro Row just east of Temple. Anyone can stop and record their thoughts or draw something on it. It’s cool to be able to see the mood of the community manifested on that chalkboard. A local, colorful, cultural barometer of sorts.
“Injustices, whether environmental, racial, or social, are things that always hold my attention and inspire me to work toward making this world a more fair, just, and beautiful place to be.”
Describe your day at home or in your workspace?
Whether at home in the studio or on the road, I like to bounce around between multiple projects throughout the day. It’s rare that I have a singular creative focus, so working on more than one project at a time keeps things fresh for me. When I’m traveling, my workspace is wherever I’m at at the moment. Currently, I’m in a beautiful live/work space in Belmont Heights that my wife, Kim, and I designed and built together. It’s a work in progress but a lot of creativity and love has gone into it.
“My work helps raise up the voices that resonate with the world I want to live in, which is rooted in Peace, Love, Equality, and Climate Justice.”
If you could move to any other place in this or any universe where would you go?
I love our planet Earth. If there was another Earth-like planet that was not polluted with fossil fuels and radiation, I would go there to escape the toxicity and exist in a more pure and wild environment.