To thank you for your continued support, I've opened the vault for the 8th annual art for summer online sale. El Remix is a series of paintings I started in 2014 that includes new art and new versions of lost works dating back to the 90s.   VISIT THE SHOP and enter code: TOPCOLLECTOR to get 50% off any works in this series.  This is for a limited time only.

GET IT BEFORE THE ARTWORLD DOES!   zfmq_codefdlmshop--1.png   El Remix" is the most experimental in the artist's multifaceted body of work. The paintings in this series fuse painting, collage, drawing, photography and writing. Approached as a diary while listening to avant-garde jazz, Franck references imagery from lost works, journal entry, thoughts, ideas and creative musings. The end result is a collection pieces which allow the artist to explore new concepts and techniques that can be applied to larger works on canvas. From personal experiences, to history, philosophy, mythology, psychology and spirituality, the topics vary, depending of what the artist is exploring in the moment. Each one is an original, one of a kind work of art, in which the viewer can have first look at the artist's creative process.


An artist can't help being surrounded by art. We bring our own world no matter where we go.
A completed work is Victory, but for me el regocijo is found in the trajectory.
Actually, karma is a lesson.
Art is also inevitable.
Art is never controversial nor shocking. It just rubs those who aren't ready the wrong way.
Art is not about "look at me." Art is about "I was here."
Art is revolution, evolution and contribution.
Art is vicious, it bites you right in the soul. 
Artists do not lose their minds. They get lost in them and bring back souvenirs.
Artists do not need to have all the answers. Part of their gift is to be able to live and work with the ambivalence.
But of course my neurosis will go well with your couch and curtains!
Don't just imagine the possibilities. Go after them!
Every couple of years they tell us that painting's dead. This is why one must paint like one’s in intensive care giving it CPR. 
Follow your dreams. They may be wrong, but at least they're brave.
Give a child a crayon and a sheet of paper and he or she will draw you a map to the center of the universe.
Honor your studio as a place of worship, where you always take creative leaps of faith.
I don’t mind being called prolific. It's a kindlier diagnosis than manic.
I feel most abundant when I'm hard at work doing what I love.  All sense of limitation disappears.
I was not influenced by a school of Latino Artists. But I often describe my work as the chaos of the Nicaraguan civil war to the sound of heavy metal music.
If you want to become an artist, ring the doorbell and announce yourself. But be ready to come in and work.
If you're too afraid of ruining it, then you're probably too afraid to take it to the next level.
In an era when war, conflict and violence have become so common. The greatest act of rebelliousness left for us, is to become Peacemakers.
In this art game you have to take chances. Your loss is really in not taking them.
It could be viewed as failure as an artist. I've tried to find a style, but my personal search gets in the way.
I've learned to work with my chaos and neurosis.
I've painted my way out of a sad chaotic life. 
Like a work of art, some people will love me, some people will hate me, some will reject me and some will just be indifferent. But unlike a work of art, I was given the chance to love myself. 
Most of my work stems from an emotionally charged, at times dark, at times painful place. To hear others regard it as beautiful or meaningful to their lives is the biggest compliment. The gift is in sharing and understanding the feelings and experiences of another.
Painting is my ritual and I always find god in it.
Portraits are the best of friends. They always listen and never ever interrupt to say "Wait till you hear what happened to me!"
Positive or negative, any reaction to the work is evidence that art has stimulated them.
The canvas is darkness and we bring our light to it.
The most liberating and rewarding thing in my career as an artist has been to discover and accept the artist I’m not.
The pain could be worthwhile, if from your darkest hour you emerge having found beauty.
The peak moments are all in the studio, when you discover you've arrived at something great with your hard work and creativity.
The process of art-making is magical. It is pure and unique for each and every artist. It is a riddle, a mystery, a contradiction and miracle. It’s result a blessing. It is our reason for being and our reason to live.
The truth is that I always had horrible, illegible handwriting. But it works well in my abstracts. Perhaps I was always an abstract expressionist.
Through art I've fought a good fight. I've battled brutal inner critics, have slayed emoptional demons and have learned to give myself approval.  
When I'm told my art should be more uniform and cohesive, I don't pull back and customize it, I go further into the deep end. Their business is not my search.
You can look at the canvas as half blank or half painted.
Your creativity is meant to be shared. But that is a whole other courageous task in the creative life.
What good is making art with the best supplies and materials, if you don't create with Love, the most important medium.

Haz de soportar su cara pesada

Ese fardo de sonrisa torpe

De tu tacto entumido o muerto ya talvez,

surge una aspiración cobarde de ser quien ves.

 

© 1998 Franck de las Mercedes


A life with no say-so
A being with no face
Just a timid smile
Longing for embrace

 

© 2000 Franck de las Mercedes








A short from her 2012 series titled " Occupy Myself: The Politics of Presence"  Rosa Naparstek explores the personal/political and the need to develop a politics based on being present to ourselves and each other.


Hi Friends,     Hope you're all having a great summer (if it's summer where you are). I had the chance to take a small family trip and though I tried hard to rest leave the art at home, I did sketch a little.  See? zfmq_BayHeadFlowers2017--1.jpg   Now on artnet!: The directed Art Modern has done it again! During my summer break I got the news that my work is now available on artnet. artnet is the leading online resource for the international art market, and the destination to buy, sell, and research art online. zfmq_201708011.png     My appearance on FOX5 Good Day Street Talk: I was honored to have been invited by Sing for Hope to appear on FOX5 NY's TV show “Good Day Street Talk” as one of their featured Piano Artists. It was a pleasure sitting down with SFH Co-founder Camille Zamora and chat with host Antwan Lewis of Fox 5 News to talk about SFH's efforts to bring music to NYC schools, lending my talent to the cause and even my painted sneakers! Click to watch. zfmq_201707171.png   8th annual Art for the Summer sale!: Is that time of year when you guys get a chance to collect or add more dlMs to your art collection.  Selected knife drawings, studies and signed prints are available for a limited time at my official shop. Shippping's on me! Check it out! zfmq_201708012--1.png                                                                                      Hope all is well with you.  Talk to you soon!   Best, Franck