Fausto Peréz was born in San Miguel de Tepezontes, a small town in El Salvador. His family later moved to the town where his grandparents lived, about six miles away and separated by a river that flowed through the hills.
The surroundings of his childhood would eventually become the root and reason for his paintings. This was a world of harmony with nature and the family, but also a world of poverty; an enriching poverty that makes the adult Fausto Pérez “thank God for having let me feel the weight of a pitcher full of water on my shoulder, the bundle of firewood on my back, the itch that is caused by beating corn or beans into dough. In sum, I am thankful for all that because it helps me value many things.” And among those things he would value are the pencils, painting oils and temperas that he then lacked.
Art critic Carlos Balaguer has emphasized the double protagonist role of light and air in Pérez’s paintings, whose heavens shine as the summer sky in his native El Salvador, enhancing and giving new life to the daily world that gets a new meaning beneath it. “His paintings which include many contrasts of light reflect a detailed technique of great quality,” writes Balaguer. Although he is influenced by academic rigor, his works are fresh, with a certain air of innocence. By handling elements of the so-called magical realism, Fausto Pérez not only portrays the beauty of our ecology and our vegetation, but he also describes life in the infinite towns of Cuscatlán…”