BIO

Franck de las Mercedes lives and works in New York City.  His multifaceted body of work includes painting, collage, drawing, photography and writing. His paintings combine abstract figuration, journal entry, and hieroglyphic-like text, in energetic abstractions bursting with color. Franck’s personal history, childhood memories and upbringing are extracted and combined with fragments of current events, family dynamics and books. Exploring the contrast between memory and present-day cultural context, Franck creates scenes 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. On October 2014, The New Jersey Senate and General Assembly passed a joint legislative resolution honoring Franck and the Peace Boxes Project, commending him for his meritorious record of service, leadership, and commitment in the arts and his community.

Named one of "15 Artists About to Dominate 2015" by Complex magazine, FdlM is the recipient of the "Voices UnBroken Award", from the Voices UnBroken organization and the "Outstanding Latino Award" by the Union City Music Project. In 2017, Franck's painting "April Flowers" was selected by The Artists Unite Poster Project, in cooperation with the MTA, to become a poster to display in the elevators at the A line subway station. The work will be seen by thousands of residents and tourists en route to the Cloisters Museum.

Recent exhibitions include, Sing for Hope Pianos 2017, The 5th Bronx Latin American Art Biennial, Queens Museum, BronxArtSpace, The Joan Mitchel Foundation, The Artists Unite MTA Poster Project, The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt New York, The NY Museum of Modern Art’s “Abstract Currents”, 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.

 

EXHIBITIONS

 

2017  

New York, NY | El Barrio’s Art-space PS109 | City Limits: Inside, Above, Within

New York, NY | Sing for Hope Pianos

New York, NY | Artists United MTA Poster Project

The Directed Art Modern, Miami, FL, United States  | The Art of Manliness

 

2016 

Superfine! Art Fair, Miami, FL | DAM / Miami Art Week

BronxArtSpace, Bronx, NY | Fifth Bronx Latin American Art Biennial 2016

The Queens Museum, Queens, NY  |  Costumbres y Tradiciones Hispanas 

Local Project Art Space, Long Island City, NY | The Food Show

 

2015

New York, NY | Sing for Hope Pianos

Brooklyn Expo Center, Brooklyn, NY | BKLYN Designs 

 

2014

New York, NY  | The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt

 

2013

The Museum of Modern Art - MoMA PopRally, NYC | Abstract Currents

L'Aart de Rien Gallerie, Aubusson, France | Le Renouveau

The Centre For Performing & Visual Arts, Newnan, Georgia |  Summer Focus

  

2012

Speakeasy Art Gallery, Boonton, NJ  | Munny Makers

Therese A. Maloney Art Gallery / College of St Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ | Holy Lives 

Torre de Juan Abad - Ciudad Real, Spain | El humor en Quevedo

Folklore Museum of Tripotamos, Tinos, Greece | Journeys

Times Square Alliance and Chashama, Times Square, NYC | Art Takes Times Square

Naples Museum of Art, Naples FL | Incognito

 

2011    

The Winter Garden at the World Financial Center, NYC | Pongtopia

Francesca Arcilesi Gallery, NYC | Take Me Home 

 

2010

*daas Gallery, Fort Myers, FL | Abstract Pop

*Zen Dog Gallery, Rhinebeck, NY |  FDLM

UBS CAN, Stamford, CT | Hispanic Heritage Month Art Exhibition

Newark Arts Council, Newark, NJ | Expo 33

Consulate General of France, NYC | Build a Life Build a School

 

2009

*Union City Gallery at City Hall, Union City, NJ | Imagen

White Box Gallery, NYC | Co-Incidental

Red Dot Miami, Miami, FL |  Francesca Arcilesi Gallery

Gallery Twenty-One, Newark, NJ | Marti: Portrait of a Patriot

 

2008

National College of Ireland FSC Dublin, Ireland | My Space, a project by Cecilia Moore

Caribbean Literary & Culture Center Gallery, Brooklyn, NY | Ready or Not: Shirley Chisholm

Arts for ACT Gallery, Fort Myers, Florida | Honoring the Late Robert Rauschenberg

On The Bright Side Art Gallery, Jersey City, NJ  | Group Show

Local Project Art Space, Queens, NY | Art on Vynil

 

2007

Maloney Art Gallery, Morristown, NJ | The Annunciation in Contemporary Art

Arts for ACT Gallery, Fort Myers, Florida | Arts for ACT 2007

FIAF Gallery, NYC | Betty K’s Mix Studio: An International Art Exhibition                                                       RFD Gallery, Swainsboro, GA  |  The Art of Communication

  

2006

Sikkema Jenkins & Co. Gallery, NYC | Postcards From the Edge

Mercado Gallery, Barcelona, Spain  | Duck Fever Show

Red Saw Gallery, Newark, NJ | Touch and Feel: Messin’ with the HIGH and low

Three Columns Gallery/Harvard U, Cambridge, Massachusetts | Human Pixel Project 

 

2005

Time and Space Limited Gallery, Hudson, NY | Artists Responding to Katrina

Downeast Arts Center, NYC | Artists of Color Exhibition

Park Performing Arts Center’s Salon Gallery, Union City, NJ | NOHU VISIONS 2005

Weehawken Public Library, Weehawken, NJ | Art & A Capella

 

2004

Built Gallery, NYC | Sandinista

Built Gallery, NYC | Lies

Pato Gallery, Miami, Fl   |  Animales

Built Gallery, NYC | Mano a Mano

Greeley Square Gallery, NYC | Mixed Media

 

2003

Albus Cavus Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ | Collage Brut  

After School Project Space, NYC  | Junebugs

 

2002

Bottom Feeders Gallery, NYC | High Tide

 

EDUCATION

 

2007

fi : af French Institute International Art Workshop

Painting workshop led by teaching artists Olivier di Pizio and Gonzalo Belmonte

of the Ateliers des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris