SUMMER. Frederic Boloix Gallery. Sun Valley, USA, 2010

The subject, to Spanish-born artist Salustiano is invariably the portrait. Born in 1965, Salustiano chooses his subjects striving for an aesthetic result, but also

the emotion and expression of the glance that creates a connection with the viewer. His work has been widely exhibited in galleries and museums.
Salustiano paints using a special pigment – up to sixty layers – from the Cochinilla or Cochineal beetle. This pigment was used by the native peoples of Central America and was brought to Europe by the Spaniards. After gold the exquisite red derived from this insect was the second most prized commodity imported by the Spanish (who later sold it to Navajos and other North American tribes for use in their rugs and textiles).