About Franck de las Mercedes

Growing up in New York City, I was exposed to the visual clash of the graffiti on the walls, decaying exteriors, torn-up ads and the effect that time and the elements had on surfaces. My surroundings and a fascination with the abstract expressionism movement played a major role in me becoming an artist. My work can reference current events, present day personal experiences, visual childhood anecdotes and family relationships in life and literature. This framework allows me to create frenetic psychologically-charged imagery with energetic abstractions bursting with color. I work with acrylic markers and paints, using mostly palette knives to create. Bright colors and raw textures that are an essential element in of my work.

Franck De Las Mercedes is an artist who lives and works in New York City. He was born in Masaya, Nicaragua. Franck’s experience as a child in war-torn Nicaragua, the visual clash of New York’s graffiti and an interest in the abstract expressionism movement played a major role in de las Mercedes becoming a visual artist. With a self-obtained education, straight from the aisles of the Mid-Manhattan Public Library, Franck’s work integrates aspects photography, drawing, journal entries and text art, in frenetic paintings with energetic abstractions bursting with color.

De las Mercedes draws inspiration from his New York backdrop and references past experiences, the effects of childhood trauma and family relationships in life and books, to create psychologically-charged imagery.In 2006, de las Mercedes achieved international acclaim with his conceptual art project “The Priority Boxes.” An ongoing public project conceived as a way to bring contemporary art to a broader audience, the boxes encourage people to participate in conversations about peace and challenge them to question their ability to influence change as well as the fragility, value and priority given to those concepts. In recent years, the boxes have been adapted as teaching tool for educator, community centers and art therapy counselors across the US.In the summer of 2012 an image of a “Peace Box” was exhibited on the iconic LED screens of Times Square. Over 16,000 Peace Boxes have been sent to over 70 countries across the globe.

In 2014, the New Jersey Senate and General Assembly passed a joint legislative resolution honoring Franck and the Peace Boxes Project.  He was also recognized as an “Outstanding Latino” by the Union City Music Project for being a role model for students and a leader within the community.Named one of Complex magazine’s “15 Artists About to Dominate 2015,” Franck has participated in numerous national and international exhibits around the world including 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. In 2012, his portrait of Francisco de Quevedo was acquired by Fundación Francisco de Quevedo for their permanent collection in Ciudad Real, Spain. Franck has been featured on numerous national and international television shows and prestigious publications, including CNN, Good Day New York, LatiNation, Univision’s “Aqui y Ahora,” Selecciones (Reader’s Digest), Art Business News, Hispanic Magazine, Museum VIEWS, American Style, The Daily Beast, Town & Country and was Blick Art Materials’ Spring Catalogue 2013 Featured Artist. On February 18, 2014 FdlM lost over a decade of his body of work in a five alarm fire that destroyed his home and studio in Weehawken, NJ, but like the Phoenix, he has risen from the ashes and has held fast to his art and continues to soar.

The artist relocated to Washington Heights, the upper Manhattan neighborhood where he grew up.




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


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


New York, NY | Sing for Hope Pianos

Brooklyn Expo Center, Brooklyn, NY | BKLYN Designs


New York, NY  | The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt


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


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


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

Francesca Arcilesi Gallery, NYC | Take Me Home


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


Albus Cavus Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ | Collage Brut

After School Project Space, NYC  | Junebugs


Bottom Feeders Gallery, NYC | High Tide


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Franck de la Mercedes

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