Fausto Manuel Ramos is an 80s baby. Born and raised in the birthplace of hip-hop, Fausto’s work is reminiscent of a by gone era, when b-boys and b-girls roamed New York City. His style borrows heavily from 90s graffiti culture. He fell in love with the art form at a very young age. Some of his earliest memories involve hanging out with his then 17 year old uncle and his group of friends as they tagged the city. This early exposure to graffiti ignited an interest in art that led to Fausto exploring various forms of visual expressions. His artistic/technical education in art begun at the age of 11, when he started taking weekend classes in illustration, animation, and fine arts at The Bronx Museum of the Arts. For high school, Fausto attended the High School of Art & Design, and focused on fine arts while dabbling in computer graphics, illustration, and photography. His artistic journey however took a different form after high school. He discovered that he enjoyed observing and studying human behavior, and so decided to pursue a bachelor’s in psychology at New York University. He continued his studies at Lehman College, where he earned a Master’s Degree in social work. Fausto however never put down his brush during this period.
Currently, Fausto works as a social worker, working with autistic children. He also co-manages a clothing company called Lost Breed Culture with two of his good friends. He has turned his small apartment, which he shares with his wife into a studio and storage facility for his pieces. While his first artistic love is graffiti, Fausto does not limit himself to a spray paint. His work mixes different mediums such as oils, charcoal, watercolor, pastels, markers, pen, ink, acrylic, enamel and photographs to explore the chaotic and beautiful relationship between the urban landscape and the communities that interact with it.