Franck De Las Mercedes, New York Member Since March 2011 Artist Statement Franck de las Mercedes lives and works in New York City. His body of work includes painting and collage 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, 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.