My work attempts to draw attention to the history of places and to acknowledge that the past and the present can and should be recognized as existing at the same time. The remnants of earlier paint colors, signs, and patterns on walls and other surfaces are important to me as a way of documenting the history of places and by extension form a link to the people and cultural context of that time. Working in many layers that reveal both the present state of the painting and its earlier stages are a response to that idea.
John Fatica received his Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2000 where he specialized in Drawing and painting. From 1997 to 2002 he taught drawing and painting at UWM. His work has been exhibited in the Wisconsin Painters and Sculptors Biennial, the Wustum Museum of Art’s annual Watercolor Wisconsin and the John Michael Kohler Art Center, Eight Counties, as well as many group exhibitions in the Milwaukee Area.