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Franck De Las Mercedes

Artist

Statement

Franck de las Mercedes lives and works in New York City.  His multifaceted body of work includes painting, collage, drawing, photography and writing. His paintings combine abstract figuration, journal entry, and hieroglyphic-like text, in energetic abstractions bursting with color. Franck’s personal history, childhood memories and upbringing are extracted and combined with fragments of current events, family dynamics and books. Exploring the contrast between memory and present-day cultural context, Franck creates scenes of an emotionally charged urban landscape.

Bio

Franck de las Mercedes (born 1972 in Masaya, Nicaragua), is a Nicaraguan American artist who lives and works in New York City. Franck’s experience as a child in war-torn Nicaragua, the visual clash of New York’s graffiti and an interest in the abstract expressionism movement played a major role in de las Mercedes becoming a visual artist. With a self-obtained education, straight from the aisles of the Mid-Manhattan Public Library, Franck de las Mercedes has emerged as one of the country’s most prolific artists in recent years. Incorporating elements of photography, drawings, journal pages and text art, Franck creates frenetic paintings with energetic abstractions bursting with color. FdlM draws inspiration from his New York backdrop and the effect that time and the elements have on urban surfaces. Referencing past experiences, trauma and family relationships in real life and literature, he creates psychologically-charged imagery.

In 2006, de las Mercedes achieved international acclaim with his conceptual art project “The Priority Boxes.” A public project conceived as a way to promote peace through participatory free art. The project has been adapted as a teaching tool for educators, community centers and art therapy counselors across the US. On October 2014, The New Jersey Senate and General Assembly passed a joint legislative resolution honoring Franck and the Peace Boxes Project, commending him for his meritorious record of service, leadership, and commitment in the arts and his community.

Named one of “15 Artists About to Dominate 2015” by Complex magazine, FdlM is the recipient of the “Voices UnBroken Award”, from the Voices UnBroken organization and the “Outstanding Latino Award” by the Union City Music Project. In 2017, Franck’s painting “April Flowers” was selected by The Artists Unite Poster Project, in cooperation with the MTA, to become a poster to display in the elevators at the A line subway station. The work will be seen by thousands of residents and tourists en route to the Cloisters Museum.

CV

Fairs

2016
Superfine, Miami, Florida USA.

Exhibitions

2018

New York, NY | Maggi Peyton Art Gallery Borough President of Manhattan’s Office | Common Views

Ciudad Real, Spain | Museo Cristina García Rodero | El Humor en Quevedo

2017  

New York, NY | El Barrio’s Art-space PS109 | City Limits: Inside, Above, Within

New York, NY | Sing for Hope Pianos

New York, NY | Artists United MTA Poster Project

The Directed Art Modern, Miami, FL, United States  | The Art of Manliness

2016 

Superfine! Art Fair, Miami, FL | DAM / Miami Art Week

BronxArtSpace, Bronx, NY | Fifth Bronx Latin American Art Biennial 2016

The Queens Museum, Queens, NY  |  Costumbres y Tradiciones Hispanas 

Local Project Art Space, Long Island City, NY | The Food Show

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