Interview: Fon Borrello

First the basic introduction – Can you tell me who are you, what are you doing, where are you coming from?

My name is Fon Borrello. I am coming from Newburgh, NY, USA. I currently work full time at a Cidery, while renovating an old farmhouse, and making collage art in my free time.

Why collages? How did you start to do them?

Collages, because being able to make beautiful images, from beautiful images, is such a beautiful thing. I started them 7 years ago when I was trying to be creative, but couldn’t paint or draw. My girlfriend sent me a collage in the mail, I sent one back. I was hooked.

Your collages through-out the line are very trippy by the theme and color scheme, how you quickly you found your ”style”?

I believe my style constantly changes. I look back at my older art and always fall in love with it, and then try to create something similar. I’m never really successful at that.

What are your favorite source materials, or do you like the challenge of working with something new?

For a while, I refused to use National Geographic since that seems to be the most popular magazine upon collage artists. I like books better than magazines because the better paper quality. I like old Illustrated encyclopedias, animal and mushroom books, space books, African art stuff. Cool things!

What’s the best part of the collaging process?

New books – When people reaching out to offer their old books. And then the antique and thrift store book hunting.

And then, what’s the hardest part?

Keeping my studio clean.

Do you have creative rituals, or how do you boost your creativity?

I like to feel what I am feeling. Smoking a little bit of marijuana definitely helps with that. As well as helps with my creativity. Music is also a must. Being happy and excited for life inspires me to create.

If you compare your very first collages to your very latest ones, what are the biggest differences? What has changed?

My cuts are a lot cleaner.

If you should describe your art with one word, what would it be?


Fon Borrello around the internet

Instagram: @fon_something