When Artos Fuente first took over as the head of the painting program at the University of Southern California in 2003, he didn’t have the luxury of painting a single piece of art.
He needed to draw students to the school and train them for a career in the art world.
He was also busy making money selling his art and teaching art history to students.
But that wasn’t enough to keep him from being a painter.
Fuente began painting when he was 10.
It was then that he realized that he could not be a painter just by painting things.
“I wanted to become a painter, not a photographer,” Fuente said.
“In my mind, it was a good thing.
Because when I became a photographer, I could not make money, so I was not a painter.”
Fuente’s life has been a living, breathing portrait of the way a young artist learns to paint.
Through his work, Fuente has come to understand how art is a means to an end.
The first of his paintings to be published in the U.S. was entitled The First Person, which he completed in 2004.
Fuentes first learned how to paint while he was studying at the Art Institute of Chicago.
After graduating, he moved to Los Angeles and began working on a series of murals, which featured subjects including a cat.
He started painting while working at the Chicago Public Library and continued to paint as an artist.
His work, called The Second Person, was published in 2012.
Fuents first published works at the Venice Biennale in 2011 and 2015, and he was invited to participate in the Whitney Biennalon in 2016.
Fuency’s works were chosen as a finalist for the Whitney Prize for Art in 2017 and he received the National Medal of Arts for his work.
He received a Presidential Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2017 for his artwork at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Fuientes latest works, The First and The Second, are on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art.