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Spring is in full bloom, and in New York that means pianos are popping up like wildflowers. Tune in to CBS Sunday Morning,  June 3rd at 9am EST to see the life cycle of a Sing for Hope Piano and participating artists. Check your local listings. zfmq_DeitJHiWAAEreGj.jpg   Open Studio
WHAT:    FdlM Presents "Urbetivism"
WHEN:   Saturday, June 16th, 1-6 PM
WHERE: FdlM Art Studio
               330 Wadsworth Avenue #3G
               New York, NY 10040
Franck will be exhibiting the Urbetivism paintings for the first time at his open studio during "The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance's 16th annual Uptown Arts Stroll", which takes place every summer in the neighborhoods of Washington Heights. Inwood and West Harlem, NYC. The art stroll showcases the painters, photographers, writers, musicians, sculptors, actors, dancers and filmmakers in Northern Manhattan from May 30 to June 30, 2018. zfmq_OPENSTUDIO--1.png

I'm actually nervous about sharing this with you. It's a look at my new series and works in progress, "Urbetivism". For a while I've been struggling with saying things through my art that I've realized will only be said by breaking from abstraction. zfmq_DSC0011--1.jpg Though I have kept a record of this in the form of studies on paper, I have reached a point where I can no longer ignore this or put away-after each minor attempt.  I've decided it is time I took a break from everything else, and once and for all explored this new way of working, on canvas and with the subjects at hand. zfmq_DSC0043--1.jpgI need to see where it takes me. As you know, the representational has been surfacing in my art for a while, but I think it now needs to lead. I'm calling the series "Urbetivism" or "Urbetivismo" in Spanish, for it's references to Nicaraguan Primitivism fused with my urban style and influences. It's not a definite departure from painting abstraction I don't think. But I have to trust the muse. I'll be sharing some of the studies and works in progress and I do plan on showing some at my upcoming open studio this summer. I am nervously psyched. zfmq_20180430Copy--1.png   COMMON VIEWS
Maggi Peyton Art Gallery at the Borough President of Manhattan's Office May 3rd - May 30th, 2018
Opening Reception:
Thursday May 3rd / 6:00 - 8:00 pm  

Daniel Hauben Dolores Fultado Franck de las Mercedes Frank Guiller Linda Cunningham
Nelson Álvarez Valeri Larko
Curator: Alexis Mendoza

Maggi Peyton Art Gallery
Office of Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer
David Dinkins Municipal Building
1 Centre Street, 19th Floor South
New York, NY 10007

The documentation of city changes and the domestic life has always fascinated artists for generations in the past. From the moment cities start shaping artists often depicted the physical and social realities, as well as the potential emotional disconnect, that can accompany urban density. In recent decades, artistic focus shifted to the ramifications of climate change, localism, relocation and globalization. The exhibition explores our city, New York’s urban representations
“Common Views”, encourage audiences to think about urbanism in a larger context and coincides with collective efforts to enliven and transform our way of living. These efforts and research stand at the center of “Common Views”, an exhibition that brings together artists/New Yorkers from a variety of disciplines and had seen all the transformations. Nelson Álvarez,Franck de las Mercedes, Linda Cunningham, Daniel Hauben, Valeri Larko, Frank Guiller and Dolores Fultado attempt to
decodifide the architectural point of view and the visuality it produces by manipulating the social images and creating new mapping systems in a search for civilian-oriented visual and political imagery. The exhibition explores the new visual strategies generated by the view the city, any city from inside, from above and from within. It underscores the empowering potential of civilian action while questioning the very notion of “democratization.” The exhibition offers alternative strategies for engaging with and obtaining information about local socio-political distribution and the varies ways in the witch the city is changing.
    THE ANNUAL SPRING STUDIO SALE CONTINUES! Each year selected studies from the FdlM artchive are made available for all to collect.
From various series, one of a kind / Certificate of Authenticity will be included.
Works on paper are a terrific entry point for new collectors and patrons looking to add to their collection S&H included in price. Go get 'em!
Enter code: JUS4U to get $10.00 off   zfmq_Screenshot4--1.png   Until next time. Thank you for staying in touch!

Sharing some images of the installation of my portraits of Francisco de Quevedo exhibited in Spain's Museo Municipal - Ayuntamiento de Puertollano.  Exposición “EL HUMOR EN QUEVEDO” 2018

New floral paintings have been featured in the new issue of Inex Magazine. Inex magazine is the ultimate specification resource for design professionals working in both the domestic and commercial marketplaces. Exclusive, cutting-edge content is delivered to inform and inspire esteemed professionals on a whole host of topics and discussions impacting the industry.

New York, NY – March 27, 2014 – Franck De Las Mercedes is pleased to partner with The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt, an innovative and engaging fundraising initiative that will see over 250 large egg sculptures – each designed by globally renowned artists, designers and creatives - placed throughout New York City’s five boroughs from April 1st to 26th, 2014.

Franck’s “Post No Bills” egg is a tribute to the walls of New York that are hosts to ads, street art and urban decay. Using a collage technique and acrylic paints, the surface will be layered in a combination of advertisement imagery, original photos and abstract text – creating a bold, raw texture.
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The general public will be encouraged to participate by finding all of the eggs, with incredible gemstone prizes from Fabergé serving as an incentive. The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt will culminate with a spectacular auction of the collectible and one-of-a-kind egg sculptures, held by Sotheby’s and online via Paddle8.

Created as an innovative and engaging platform to raise funds for Elephant Family and other non-profits, The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt caused a frenzy in London in 2012, set two Guinness World Record titles and ultimately raised over $1.5 million for charity. The 2014 hunt in New York will benefit both Elephant Family and Studio in a School.

Limited edition miniature eggs and other merchandise will be available for purchase at

For more information on The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt please visit:
Twitter & Instagram @thebiggegghuntNY;

Press Contact:
Caroline Curtis
Managing Director, HL Group / 212.529.5533

Franck De Las Mercedes is a Nicaraguan born artist who grew up in New York City after emigrating to the U.S. in 1985. With a self-obtained education, straight from the aisles of the Mid-Manhattan Public Library of New York, De Las Mercedes has emerged as one of the country's most prolific visual artists in recent years. In 2006, De Las Mercedes conceived “The Priority Boxes Art Series”, an ongoing, internationally acclaimed project that merges art and activism. “The Boxes” have traveled the globe, been taught in classrooms and featured on the iconic LED screens of Times Square.
On 2/18/14 Franck's studio was completely destroyed in a 5 alarm building fire. Fortunately, the "Post No Bills" egg had already been shipped and is the only surviving piece of 2014 work.

ABOUT Fabergé:
With a fertile imagination and versatile talent, Peter Carl Fabergé became jeweler and goldsmith to the Russian Imperial Court in the 19th century, creating a vast array of exquisite jewels and objects, including the legendary series of fifty lavish and ingenious Imperial Easter Eggs. His worldwide reputation attracted royalty, potentates, aristocrats, tycoons and the connoisseurs of Europe, Scandinavia, the Middle East and Asia.

Today, Fabergé remains synonymous with consummate design and craftsmanship, creating modern collections of extraordinary jewelry, watches and accessories for a discerning international clientele.

Fabergé continues to explore and epitomize ‘the art of color’, pushing the boundaries of artistry and craftsmanship with superlative colored gemstones and a vibrant enamel palette. The ingenuity of Peter Carl Fabergé in making the most of each gemstone’s unique characteristics, creating beautiful color nuances, remains central to the philosophy of Fabergé today.

ABOUT Studio in a School:
Since 1977, Studio in a School has enriched almost 800,000 children’s lives in New York City’s five boroughs with the creativity of the visual arts. Studio’s unique method brings professional artists into school and community organizations to lead classes in drawing, printmaking, painting, media technology, 2-D applied design and sculpting.
During the financial crisis of the mid-1970s, New York City virtually eliminated the budget for arts education in the public schools. In response, Agnes Gund, philanthropist and President Emerita of The Museum of Modern Art, founded Studio in a School.

Partnering with administrators, artists, supporters and members of the New York City Department of Education, Studio dedicated itself to providing students with a full and meaningful visual arts experience.Studio establishes multi-year partnerships between artists and educators designed to develop age-appropriate art programs, and offers professional guidance to teachers and administrators at participating sites.

Studio provides programs to nearly 200 sites throughout the five boroughs. Every year, 90 professional artists serve almost 30,000 Pre-K through high school students. About 90% of all children who participate in our programs come from low-income homes.

ABOUT Elephant Family:
The Asian elephant – one of the biggest, most intelligent animals on the planet, has declined in numbers by 90% in the past 100 years. Since launching, Elephant Family has doubled the amount of money going their conservation, and invested it with pin point precision - protecting and reconnecting Asia’s most important forests for elephants and for all the animals who share them.

A lifetime of travel imbued Elephant Family’s charismatic Co-Founder and Chairman, Mark Shand, with a love of adventure and a commitment to saving endangered animals. In his own words Mark ‘fell in love’ with a female elephant named Tara one steamy monsoon night, in the jungles of Orissa, Eastern India.
He bought Tara and rode her thousands of kilometers across the north eastern states of India, a journey that, in 2003, fired his determination to start Elephant Family, a charity dedicated to protecting Tara’s endangered wild relatives.

Experts in public art exhibitions, Elephant Family have a track record in high profile fundraising events. After the success of The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt in London in 2012, the charity is perfectly poised for New York which is set to be ‘even bigger, and better’ than London.

Franck de Las Mercedes to be Honored at 5th Annual Hearing Our Voices Awards in NYC

Voices UnBroken Recognizes those who Make the World a Better Place

WHAT: On November 17, 2011, Voices UnBroken will host their 5th annual Hearing Our Voices Awards Reception in NYC. Established in 2007, the award recognizes people who use their voices to make the world a better place and work to make the community's voices heard. Among this year's honorees is internationally recognized artist Franck de Las Mercedes who will be honored for his work with The Priority Boxes Art Project.

The "Priority Boxes" project is a public art series that seeks to initiate dialogue on peace, challenge people to reconsider their ability to influence change and question the fragility, value and priority given to those concepts. Each box, sent by mail to anyone who requests one, is both a canvas for a unique abstract painting and a platform for communication through art. A mixture of art and activism, the boxes are sent free to convey that something of such priority as peace should not have a price and that art can be both inclusive and accessible to all. For more info on this artist:

This event will also feature live art by Marthalicia Matarrita, and performances by Def Jam poet (and Voices UnBroken Board Member), Caridad “La Bruja” De La Luz, and Hearing Our Voices Award Honoree, Maya Azucena.

WHO: Other honorees include, Grammy Award Winning Singer, Maya Azucena and Founder of the Bowery Poetry Club, Bob Holman.
WHEN: November 17, 2011 at 6pm - 10pm

WHERE: 28 on 27 Studio
28 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001

For further information or to attend the Hearing our Voices Awards Reception, please contact Victoria Sammartino @ 646.391.3296 or

Voices UnBroken is a Bronx-based non-profit organization dedicated to providing under-heard members of the community, primarily youth ages 14-21, with the tools and opportunity for creative self-expression. Through writing-based creative arts workshops in group homes, residential treatment centers, jails, juvenile detention centers and various other transitional and alternative settings, Voices UnBroken nurtures the inherent need in all people to tell their stories and be heard. It is our belief that through this telling of stories and sharing of dreams individual and community growth becomes possible.

A Quiet Riot: Latinos Making Noise in Hard Rock & Heavy Metal

New York, September 9 - We all know Ricky Martin has lived la vida loca and Shakira’s hips would never lie, but did you know Latino musicians like Cuban-born Rudy Sarzo and Mexican-born Carlos Cavazo have been making their mark in American Hard Rock and Heavy Metal for over three decades? They may not have “crossed-over” during a high profile VMA performance, but Latinos have been providing the bass lines, guitar licks and vocals for bands such as Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica and Slayer way before J Lo was getting loud on the 6.

A Quiet Riot: Latinos Making Noise in Hard Rock & Heavy Metal is a popstract tribute by visual artist Franck de Las Mercedes to those who ventured beyond cultural assumptions and helped pioneer a movement that influenced lifestyles, fashion, attitudes, and language. Proving that everything is not always what it seems, these rock gods have created their own latin rhythm.

The Priority Boxes Art Series: A Message of Peace and Hope
Franck de Las Mercedes’ Project Comes to SW Florida
Special Edition Boxes Available at daas Gallery Saturday, October 16, 6-9PM

With labels that read "Fragile Contains: Peace, Freedom or Justice", visual artist Franck de Las Mercedes sends abstractly painted, seemingly empty boxes to anybody, anywhere in the world, for free.

The "Priority Boxes" project is a public art series that makes people reconsider their ability to influence change and question the fragility, value and priority of entities like peace. Each box, sent by mail to anyone who requests one, is both a canvas for a unique abstract painting and a platform for communication through art. A mixture of art and activism, the boxes are sent free to show that something of such priority as peace should not have a price and that art can be both inclusive and accessible to all.
The project, which started as an experiment and is funded by the artist and donations from supporters, has evolved into a movement that has been embraced by popular culture, the mainstream media and schools and art educators across America. From his small New Jersey studio, the artist has sent over 8500 boxes around the globe, to countries in every continent.

In support of the Priority Boxes Project, special edition boxes are available at daas Gallery, in downtown Fort Myers, as part of the "Abstract Pop" exhibit now through October 31. With a twenty dollar donation, you can skip the 8 month waiting period and get your box of peace, hope, love or courage now. Proceeds will directly benefit the project.

The gallery will be hosting a "box party" Saturday, October 16 from 6-9PM.
For information about the event or current exhibit, visit or call 239-939-1194

daas Gallery is located at: 1512 Broadway St. Fort Myers, FL 33901
Regular gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm