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First I want to say thank you to everyone who attended the opening reception for The 5th Bronx Latin American Art Biennial. So far it has been a well-attended exhibit, with great feedback and a phenomenal amount of press coverage. My work will remain on view through October 8th and the biennial will continue through December. Here's a link to the complete program with the list of venues and participating artists.  So please come by and check it out!It was a pleasant surprise to see the image of my painting "The Champ" featured in Artforum Magazine's event page.  zfmq_ContemporaryArtistFranckdelasMercedIn 2005 I was walking down Bryant Park on my way to the Mid-Manhattan Library to continue my art self-education. Always with my camera in hand, a homeless man approached me before I even saw him and said -Give me five bucks, I'll let you take my picture. Back then I was always really scared of taking people's photos and when it came to the homeless I felt that if the photos went anywhere, I'd be taking advantage. I declined and still gave him a few dollars. The then got in this pose and said -A deal's a deal. Take the photo! I never forgot him. Years later in 2014, when I was forced to work from the same library after losing my home studio,it became clear to me that most of the people at the library were homeless. I promised myself that when I got my studio I would find the way to honor them and bring awareness in some way through my art. And I painted The Champ which has become quite popular in promoting this event.

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IN THE STUDIO

Painting West of Broadway. Behind the scenes video of work in progress.zfmq_20161002.png

 

 Thanks for taking the time to read my note! Talk to you soon! 

 

Best, 

 

Franck 

 

PS - For a limited time Test Prints. FdlM collectors and friends get first pick! We've been running test prints of select original works and they're looking so good, that we've decided to make some of them available at the eBay store.