Bill Milcarek, known to many as Fresko, is a New Orleans-born, New York City-raised artist. His work is inspired by a life-long passion for the ocean.
As a child, he was exposed to the art, food, and culture of the Mediterranean by spending summers in Sardinia. As an adult, he escaped the fast-paced NYC life to live in Montauk on Long Island. This cemented his relationship with the ocean, it’s bounty and the culinary pursuits it has inspired. He currently lives full-time on the Isle of Palms, South Carolina, with his wife and two children.
By using an assortment of materials that may include acrylic paint, ink, pencil, and pastel, Fresko creates one of a kind modern pieces with epoxy that are full of depth and color. He handcrafts rustic timber frames to evoke the coastal vibe he so enjoys.
Fresko also creates Gyotaku prints, a traditional Japanese art form of fish printing. This method of printing can be traced back to the mid 1800’s used by fishermen to record their catches. Fresko’s prints, on rice paper, are from the tails of Redfish caught in the creeks of Isle of Palms.