In July 2009 my painting
"Ballerina” was featured in


Robert Genn: The World of Icons (featured response)
The Painter's keys
"Personal icons as everyday saints"by Georgianne Fastaia,

Trinidad    original painting 20 x 20 inches

Santeras means "Saint maker" or one who paints saints, as in the Russian 
tradition of self-taught artists painting naive religious icons after devout
prayer. There is a difference between making an icon, and having it
become the object of worship, and making a representation that expresses
a truth about God. We cannot depict the Father, the Holy Spirit, or the Trinity.
Herein lies the contradiction of faith, both invisible and boundless, yet evidenced
through our very real humanity.

I set out to describe my faith through a Child's eye. In creating this series I became 
a santera: a saint maker interpreting the holy moments of each day. Inspired by the
joy of my infant daughter Sophie, I relied on the spirit to move through me to create
raw childlike images infused with feeling. Many figures float in a timeless space in
which their bodies are painted as shimmering vessels for their hearts. If we reveal
our spiritual nature when we release our fear of difference and our sense of
separateness from one another, then it is inevitable that in the figures grew increasing 
similar and androgynous in each new work. I'm particularly fascinated by images
of triplets - as a metaphor for aspects of us - the trinity depicted as three male figures
dancing or floating together as one body. Or as three women, often with one or more
painted over but still faintly visible. These are everyday saints, personal icons
depicting mysteries of joy.


Unraveling the poetry of the soul
by Georgianne Fastaia, San Francisco, CA, USA 

Barns midday oil 48 x 48 2008

My joys are equal only to my capacity for sorrow. In this deep well are the
waters in which I swim to meet a shining and vibrating light, my constant 
companion through long nights. The job of the artist is to translate with
conviction and clarity the inchoate longings we all feel for that which i
s authentic and true: to unravel the poetry of the soul.

"Like a saint's vision of beatitude. Like the veil of things as they seem drawn
back by an unseen hand. For a second you see—and seeing the secret, are
the secret. For a second there is meaning! Then the hand lets the veil fall
and you are alone, lost in the fog again, and you stumble on toward 
nowhere, for no good reason!" (Eugene O'Neill, Long Day's Journey into Night )

comments for Unraveling the poetry of the soul by Georgianne FastaiaFrom: Darrell Baschak -- Aug 25, 2009
Georgianne, your painting is extraordinary, it is apparant that you have the wherewithal to paint your inner most visions.

Unraveling the poetry of the soul
by Georgianne Fastaia, San Francisco, CA, USA 

Orisha of freshwater and pearls  36 X 36   OIL 2009
It’s called the Spring Studio Stroll, but I’m exhausted and frustrated. It was no stroll, but a marathon....
Revived, we went to the final venue—Art Explosion at 2425 17th St. near Potrero Avenure. Immediately I noticed Georgianne Fastaia’s large, evocative oils, part of a series celebrating the Orishas. Ah, an immigrant’s point of view, I thought. Yes, from Brooklyn, she said. What an eye.

Nieto Fine Art Solo Show

I am delighted to be in the Inspired Company of the Fine Artists at this beautiful Gallery. Owners Anaya and John Nieto share an energy for Art that is matched by the curatorial eye of Gallery Director John Haas. Please stop in to be shown my recent paintings.Nieto Fine Art    565 Sutter Street  at Powell

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CHINA BASIN SERIES with reference photos

These paintings are inspired by the cargo ships anchored off China basin, as well as old rotting docks & fishing boats bleaching in the sun. This location, at the end of Mariposa and Third has been a favorite haunt of mine since the Auto Auction was still across the street from The Ramp. Originally chosen by a plein air painting group out of the Art Explosion which I was a part of--though unfortunately-- was never able to join my friends due to the birth of my daughter. I am naturally drawn to painting boats on the water as I grew up on the Connecticut shore with my father’s sailboat out front.

videoview growing up
  mission rock 30x30 oil 09 SOLD



my flood paintings from 2006,2007