Franck de Las Mercedes
Franck de Las Mercedes was born in Masaya, Nicaragua and raised in a family of dancers, musicians and teachers.
Franck spent his childhood immersed in the performing arts and surrounded by the local art and craftsmanship of his small town. In the mid-eighties, the Sandinista/Contra conflict forced Franck’s family to immigrate to New York, where Franck grew up and eventually worked in music and theatre. In the late nineties, Franck began to experiment with an undying fascination with visual arts, this experimentation quickly evolved into a promising career.
Completely self-taught, FdLM’s creations, from his large scale abstract paintings, to the acclaimed public project “The Priority Boxes”, have attracted great interest in his work and given him the opportunity to exhibit alongside important artists like Romero Britto and Robert Rauschenberg. With his "Priority Boxes" project, the artist has taken upon the task of sending colorful painted recycled boxes filled with nothing but Peace, Freedom and Hope; to anybody, anywhere in the world, for free. This public art series seeks to make people reconsider their ability to influence change, question the fragility and priority of entities like peace, and also to communicate, interact through art and make it accessible to people from all walks of life.
Franck has been the subject of the film: "An Abstract Way of Life", a documentary by Cara Weiner on abstract painters and "The Priority Boxes", a documentary by Dan Yadin.
He has been featured in national and international television shows and publications such as LatiNation, CNN En Español, Noticiero Telemundo and Univision’s “Aqui y Ahora” and Primer Impacto, Reader’s Digest, La Prensa (Nicaragua), Art Business News, American Style, The Artist’s magazine, Orion Magazine and Soul. In 2007 FdLM was invited by The Betty K Studio in New York to take part in an International Art Workshop led by teaching artists Olivier di Pizio and Gonzalo Belmonte of the Ateliers des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris.
"My paintings are a personal exploration of my psyche and the emotions that emerge in the present, triggered by memory or current experiences. Observing my feelings and body sensations without questioning them or intellectualizing them, allows me to release the strength of those emotions onto the surface. I like to use the same approach when I am painting a portrait or figure.