Franck de las Mercedes Artist artworks for sale
Artist: Franck de las Mercedes
Live in: New York, NY, United States
Artworks for sale: 0
Franck de las Mercedes Artist Bio:
Franck De Las Mercedes is an artist who lives and works in New York City. He was born in Masaya, Nicaragua. 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. De Las Mercedes 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." An ongoing public project conceived as a way to bring contemporary art to a broader audience, the boxes encourage people to participate in conversations about peace and challenge them to question their ability to influence change and the fragility, value and priority given to those concepts. In recent years, the boxes have been adapted as teaching tool for educators, community centers and art therapy counselors across the US. On June 18, 2012 The Priority Boxes’ “Peace Box” image was exhibited on the iconic LED screens of Times Square. Over 14,000 Peace Boxes have been sent to over 70 countries across the globe. In 2014, the New Jersey Senate and General Assembly passed a joint legislative resolution honoring Franck and the Peace Boxes Project. He was also recognized as an “Outstanding Latino” by the Union City Music Project for being a role model for students and a leader within the community. Named one of Complex magazine’s “15 Artists About to Dominate 2015”, Franck has participated in numerous national and international exhibits around the world including The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt New York at Rockefeller Center, The Museum of Modern Art - NY, Naples Museum of Art, Folklore Museum of Tripotamos - Tinos, Greece, National College of Ireland - FSC Dublin, Ireland and The French Institute Alliance Française. In 2012, his portrait of Francisco de Quevedo was acquired by Fundación Francisco de Quevedo for their permanent collection in Ciudad Real, Spain. Franck has been featured on numerous national and international television shows and prestigious publications, including CNN, Good Day New York, LatiNation, Univision's "Aqui y Ahora”,Selecciones (Reader's Digest), Art Business News, Hispanic Magazine, Museum VIEWS, American Style, The Daily Beast, Town & Country and was Blick Art Materials’ Spring Catalogue 2013 Featured Artist. On February 18, 2014 Franck lost over a decade of his body of work in a five alarm fire that destroyed his home and studio in Weehawken, NJ.The artist relocated to Washington Heights, the upper Manhattan neighborhood where he grew up to rebuild his life.