Wishing each and everyone of you a happy holiday season and  a new year filled with health, happiness, success and a world with much needed understanding. At the end of this email, you will find a little gift from Nicola, Luca and I. Free Coffee! As always I thank you for the gift of your friendship and patronage. Enjoy!  


Art Exhibit in NYC. CITY LIMITS: Inside, Above, Within.
Curated by Alexis Mendoza Curatorial Projects & Marie Laux
Thursday, December 7 at 6 PM - 9 PM
El Barrio’s Artspace PS109
215 E 99th St, New York, New York 10029
Featuring works by Carlos Barberena – Carlos Chacín – Yunuen DÍaz – Dolores Furtado
Bairo Martínez Parra – Franck de las Mercedes – Bernardo Navarro Tómas and Rocío Olivares.
The documentation of city changes and the domestic life has always fascinated artists for generations in the past. From the moment cities start chapping artists often depicted the physical and social realities, as well as the potential emotional disconnect, that can accompany urban density. In recent decades, artistic focus shifted to the ramifications of climate change, localism, gentrification, relocation and globalization. The exhibition explores urban representations from cities such as: Medellin, Havana, New York, Chicago, Santiago de Chile, Paris, Mexico City, Managua and Buenos Aires. “City Limits”, encourage audiences to think about urbanism in a larger context and coincides with collective efforts to enliven and transform our way of living. zfmq_Smallfdlmflyer--1.jpg   Introducing The N u d e Studies: This is a never before seen series of abstract figuration and self-portrait studies, the artist has produced since 2014. The work is noted for its intensity and its raw gestures. Abstracted, sculpture-like body shapes with expressive black line  painted with palette knives that characterize the artist's signature style. The series is available at the official shop.  These works on paper make great artful gifts and they are a great to start or continue your FdlM collection. zfmq_20171201--1.png   Free Coffee: Hot Coffee - 2017 Printable digital file or signed print of an original FdllM palette knife drawing -  We hope you enjoy it!
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I received a question about how I go about finding the right art opportunity.  

It took me a while to discover and get clear on what my mission was as an artist. But it wasn't that my art changed or I became better or that I matured as an artist, before that happened. Things changed for me when I noticed the word "mission" in art submissions. I realized that I had to go beyond "here's my work, I work in this medium and thank you for your consideration", when answering artist's calls.  I had to define myself as an artist. When I began to talk about my mission as an artist or my mission for that particular artist call, I got more feedback, more attention and more opportunities opened up. It also saved me and others a lot of time, because I stopped (wild)-submitting to calls that didn't match my mission and therefore getting less rejection notices. So state your mission in the submission.

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A completed work is Victory, but for me the joy is found in the trajectory.

This train's destination has never been happiness.
But today there's a small inauguration.

Like most American products you are instantly special and prized.
You've been projected into this time of ours

in hopes that you will be extraordinary and improved.  

Such is the expectation that without you knowing, already weighs on you.


© 2000 Franck de las Mercedes

Cómo me criticabas y te avergonzabas de mí.
Yo tan ansioso de pasar ese minuto junto a vos,
y vos repudiándome porque sobreviví tu guerra. 



© 1999 Franck de las Mercedes

Gunpowder was always part of Nicaraguan life. From religious festivals to birthday celebrations, fireworks were a year round affair for Nicaraguans. When I was a child closing a party with fireworks meant status. During the revolution, the local artisans from barrios like Monimbó, came in support of the Sandinista movement by making craft bombs or "bombas artesanales". They looked very similar to candy in wrapping, which might be the reason some regarded them as caramelos. We always hear of art as a tool of resistance or subversiveness, but in Masaya local artisans used their craftsmanship and materials for actual weapons against an oppressive regime. I didn't paint one for the story nor to glorify war or revolution. To me the image represents a metaphor for the psyche of a child from a war torn country and how many of us are denied talking about how it affected our young consciousness. Some things are best kept wrapped inside and in silence. In fact, talking about how war affected you is a sign of weakness, especially if you did not suffer the same fate as many others who went to war, or my peers who later were forced to serve a revolution. I was lucky enough to get out, but  In my personal case, this only lead me to adopt a false belief that I had an explosive nature. Which in turn I used against myself. While looking for images for my painting, I was surprised to discover that they are still being used for fishing, which is also affecting the local ecosystem and marine life.


 Emotional Candy - 2017  Acrylic on canvas 8" x 10"

  Legend has it that when Bartolomé de las Casas first saw the Masaya volcano, in the city where I was born, he called it the "Gates of Hell." During my time there, I never knew the hell story, nor the legend of the indigenous people regarding the volcano as a god; and even holding Monexico and sacrifices at the site.  What I do know is that very early in life I began to question the existence of many things, which soon enough I learned it wasn't something a child could do out loud. I think it's appropriate for me to start this series with this painting. My childhood there was definitely no myth, anecdote or folktale. And I never felt too far from that gate.


El Diablo Está Triste Hoy - 2017 Acrylic on canvas 18" x 24"

"Branding Belief" painting to show at NYC's WBAI Radio's 2nd annual fundraising art exhibit and auction. Curated by Jim Wintner, the exhibit also includes works by Walter Robinson, Max Ginsburg  , Laura Elkins, Elise Engler, Richard Avedon, Nina Sobell, Allen Ginsberg and Leon Golub, to name a few. The catalog is now open to the public for preview online, and will be followed by the opening in NYC on November 16.
Art Exhibit:
Thursday, November 16th from 6-9pm
The Chesterfield Gallery 109 Norfolk St, New York, NY 10002
Online Auction:
The catalog is now open to the public for preview via BenefitEvents. Online bidding starts Nov. 2 @ 9AM. zfmq_franckdelasmercedes--1.jpg   Life in the art studio: Tomorrow's Sun is the latest abstract painting in the "Feeling Center" series. I have continued to incorporate petroglyph inspired forms and I'm also working on paper. zfmq_20171005114934--1.jpg   New Work: Sacred Mysteries - 2017, Acrylic on paper 13" x 19" zfmq_SacredMysteries2017--1.jpg