WHO IS MICK?

MICK IS RICHIE SANTOSTEFANO

Artist Statement...
I am intrigued with the simple wonders life in general, the glowing things, the stuff in between other stuff - the present, the journey, ancient smells, and the mundane. I often discover that mundane things are full of profound wonder and even the bizarre - a total circus of strangeness. I am also interested in how we often fear that strangeness and hiding ourselves in pretense. Maybe it’s fear of failure? Maybe it’s imposter syndrome? I hope to explore the what and why of this fear, as well as the joy and splendor of experiencing a release from it. I try to work out these subjects and questions through explorations of color, texture, characters, process, within a loose narrative that personifies the spirit of the clown - an archetype of the foolishness of humanity - the buffoon that stumbles around constantly making messes. I try to embrace my own failures within my art-making process moving towards approaches that go against my presuppositions, either technically or aesthetically, allowing for my own creative growth as an artist and as a person. "Through humor, we see in what seems rational, the irrational; in what seems important, the unimportant. It also heightens our sense of survival and preserves our sanity" - Chaplin

Backstory: Richie was born in Syosset, NY, raised in a military family, and lived all over the place. He studied fine art at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently creating and collaborating and raising a family in Austin, TX. Mick is intrigued with most everything, and paints and makes whatever comes to mind.


"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." - Thomas Merton