Oklahoma born and Oregon raised Clifford Faust enjoys working and living in New York City. After graduating from the Los Angeles Art Center School, and then working in San Francisco, Faust set out to see the world in a Volkswagen Beetle, aiming in the general direction of New York. Along the way, he met a multitude of charming people and saw a lot of weird and wonderful places that would eventually influence his work.
Arriving in NYC for Cliff was like entering a wonderland. Whether it was the flower children floating through Central Park or fashion models strutting down crowded 5th Avenue, Faust was fascinated just watching the millions of crazy characters all around him.
He also found Jack Potter, one of his idols, teaching classes at the School of Visual Arts. Through Potter's classes, Clifford developed his original, mixed media, cut paper style. Faust is influenced by Bernie Fuchs, Mark English, the French Impressionists, Van Gogh, Gustav Klimt, and Egon Schiele.