Franck de las Mercedes is an internationally acclaimed contemporary artist from New York City. Born in Nicaragua, Franck has pioneered a style through a multifaceted body of work influenced by abstract expressionism, rock carvings, neo expressionism and Nicaraguan primitivism. Through bright colors, jagged linework and hieroglyph inspired text and abstract patterns, Franck creates emotionally charged work that explores childhood memory, current events, family dynamics and sociocultural topics.
De las Mercedes achieved international recognition with his conceptual art project “The Priority Boxes" or “Peace Boxes.” Created by the artist to promote peace through participatory postal art, earned him a joint legislative resolution from The New Jersey Senate and General Assembly, honoring the artist for his meritorious record of service, leadership, and commitment in the arts and his community.
In February of 2014, a massive fire ripped through FdlM's home and art studio destroying the artist's entire life's work and possessions. Escaping the flames with only the clothes on their back, Franck and his wife Nicola relocated to Washington Heights where the artist grew, up in order to rebuild their lives.
Named one of "15 Artists About to Dominate 2015" by Complex magazine, FdlM is the recipient of an “Outstanding Latino” award, the “Hearing Our Voices” award and is profiled in the book titled “Learning from Latino Role Models: Inspire Students through Biographies, Instructional Activities, and Creative Assignments” by David Campos). 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 New York City Subway.
FdlM’ s work has been included in several international exhibitions, including, 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, Queens College Art Center Gallery, The 2019 Latin American Triennial of New York, Sing for Hope Pianos, The 5th Bronx Latin American Art Biennial, The French Institute Alliance Française. Public collections include Fundación Francisco de Quevedo, Ciudad Real, Spain, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital of New York, City-As-School High School, NY.