Behind the Texture

with Decorative & Faux Finishes by Rafael, LLC.

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We are Decorative & Faux Finishes, a company over 26 years ago that became a professional decorative painting and plastering company. We are happy to announce we have A NEW OWNER, Rafael Michel Cruz.  Rafael brings 27 years of experience as a talented painter and sculptor in the field of applied arts. Combining his experience with 26 years of former owners, Dana & Cindy, the company is stronger than ever!!

What do you enjoy most about owning your own business and what do you enjoy least?
Being able to develop new creative options for all interior designers, clients and builders is exciting for us. No challenge is too difficult, and after fulfilling the need for a requested vision, we relish in the appreciation and satisfaction it brings others.

What influences do you think shaped your approach to decorative art?
Our team has studied under many masters across the globe. Rafael’s classic education at the El Alba Institute of Arts gave him opportunities to build his body of works in Cuba, Mexico and locations in the United States. He is influenced by many artisans that also push the limits with new materials and techniques.

Describe your team in three words.
Experience, talent and attention to detail.

What project sticks out the most in your mind, for good or bad?
All projects are important to us, but there are some that stand out. Plaster and murals are always favorites of Rafael’s, while professional athletes and teams we work for are always a crew favorite.

What advice would you give to aspiring decorative artists?
Decorative painting and finishing is a fulfilling field that always stays exciting because every project is different. For a new artisan, we suggest taking classes and working with a professional for a while before embarking on your own. Soak up all the creativity, and network at every possibility. Our community is like a big family, and we will have your back.

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