Franck de las Mercedes lives and works in New York City. He was born in Masaya, Nicaragua and moved to New York at the age of twelve.
His body of work includes painting, collage and drawing in which he combines abstract figuration, journal entry and hieroglyphic-like text, in energetic abstractions bursting with color. In Franck’s paintings, childhood memories in war-torn Nicaragua and his upbringing as an immigrant in the US, are extracted and combined with fragments of current events and family dynamics in life and books. Exploring the contrast between memory and present-day cultural context, Franck creates scenes on canvas of an emotionally charged urban landscape.
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.
Recent exhibitions include, The 5th Bronx Latin American Art Biennial, Queens Museum, BronxArtSpace, The Joan Mitchel Foundation, The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt New York, The NY Museum of Modern Art’s “Abstract Currents”, Sing for Hope Piano 2015, BKLYN Designs, Naples Museum of Art, Folklore Museum of Tripotamos Greece, The National College of Ireland, Ireland and The French Institute Alliance Française. His work is also a part of the Fundación Francisco de Quevedo's permanent collection in Ciudad Real, Spain.