5/21/2012 9:03:00 AM Vince Fazio: Director, teacher, painter at Sedona Arts Center School of the Arts
Vince Fazio: “I like the idea of the figure having her own private moment. The viewer's gaze is psychologically rooted to the face of the subject. I’m more interested in body language -- arms and legs in motion -- which often betray character and mood better than the face.”
By Louise MacDonald Sedona Art
A lean man with a thoughtful smile, Vince Fazio, the painter, finds himself torn between the classical and romantic styles of art. At times he creates a formal, inanimate still life, but his heart resides in the spontaneous creation of landscape art which for him, is entirely romantic.
Fortunately, Sedona abounds in natural wonders and spectacular landscapes. The painter feels that he needs to encompass both styles to create a powerful statement about the world around us.
"After I've plunged into the romantic with intense feeling, it's a challenge to meld the pieces together on the canvas," he says. "As for color, I lean toward the cool side - blues and purples that you see from afar. I find it difficult to create a painting that might be called 'warm' with reds and oranges at the far end of the spectrum."
In figurative paintings, Fazio's subjects are often seen askance with averted faces. I think of his recent work in oil paint of a woman in a bathing suit splashing through the water, her hand to her forehead. Vince says, "I like the idea of the figure having her own private moment. The viewer's gaze is psychologically rooted to the face of the subject. I'm more interested in body language -- arms and legs in motion -- which often betray character and mood better than the face."
In examining that painting, one sees important signs of the artist's style. Like the Impressionists, he has used dabs of the palette knife to create a mottled surface, then smoothing it with the brush. This results in a thick, substantial aspect to his subjects.
Vince Fazio's enthusiasm for the school he directs bursts out. "The Sedona School of the Arts has a national presence! It continues to evolve into what we hope it will become. In fact, we accomplish our mission!"
Of classes at the school he says, "Recently we had a group of high-school students here. Dennis Ott (referring to the professional ceramist) did a Raku firing for them! This spring in an immense class of seventh and eighth graders we spent four days on a mosaic process inspired by themes from the Constitution and the Civil War."
Fazio cites the many courses offered at the school's base including both "Plein-Air" and Workshop courses with top artists in various fields. On Field Expeditions to California, Grand Canyon (including a boat ride down the Colorado River), and to Tuscany, Italy, students learn to interpret other landscapes, architecture and ambiance. Glancing over the school's buildings and campus, he adds, "We need good support."
As an instructor at the Sedona Arts Center's school, Vince Fazio will teach "Painting Without Fear!" from June 11-15. The workshop promises "to give you 'a virtual toolbox' of basic techniques and familiarity with the materials for painting with oils and acrylics. We will explore still life and landscape painting directly and ways to use photography as a creative tool."
Vince Fazio grew up in Castle Rock, Colorado. He first took up art with his retired grandfather in Florida. Vince was so taken with what he learned that as a teenager, he "schemed," he says, to study in Italy for two years at the Accademia Carrara di Belle Arti in Bergamo, Italy.
Later he spent two years at the Art Students League in New York before completing his bachelor's and master's degrees in fine arts.
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Louise MacDonald moved to Sedona 18 months ago. Her articles on art and artists in different media have appeared in the two art publications of Washington, D.C.,(Museum & Arts Washington and The World and I) and in a Baltimore, Md., newspaper (The Baltimore Chronicle) for over 20 years.
Previously she was a reporter for LIFE magazine, an editor of Smithsonian magazine and a foreign correspondent in Europe and Africa. Louise MacDonald is a member of the Board of the Sedona Arts Center and is a volunteer at SAGA (Sedona Area Guild of Artists).