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Ricardo Francis

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Houston, Texas

Birth year

Lives in
New York City,

Works in
music, art, magazines


Representing galleries
LeonidesArts Gallery

afro, latino, mixed-media, realism, installation, landscape, video-art, collective, surrealism, performance, modern, traditional, abstract, figurative, gallery, conceptual, sculpture, exhibition/performance


Ricardo Osmondo Francis, Jr. was born September 8, 1976 in Houston, Texas. He

attended the Maryland Inst., College of Art in Baltimore, MD where he received a BFA

in painting in 1998. Mr. Francis is a recognized mixed media visual artist in the New

York City area, whose work has been acclaimed for its representation and analysis of

socio-political issues such as race, culture, and sexuality. Conceptually his work is best

described as introspective portraits of people of color realized in the mediums of painting,

drawing, and performance art.

Upcoming projects by the artist includes "MEN: A Pictorial Sketchbook from 2001 to the

Present", a solo exhibition which premieres at Prairie View A & M University in

Houston, TX in March 2007. Recent shows that Francis' work was featured in include

"Brother to Brother" in Portland, Maine 2006, "The Anonymous Life" a performance

project that premiered at the Bronx Academy of Arts And Dance on Sept 30, 2004. Other

solo shows have included "New Skin" 2002, "Exhibit A" 2002, and "Catch the

Monkeys" in 1996. Group exhibitions include "SUB (URBAN)" at "Urban Space: A

Bridgespotters Gallery" in Pittsburgh, PA, "AMERICAN MADE/MADE IN AMERICA"

2003, "DL: The Down Low in Contemporary Art" 2003, and "Dancing in the Dark: Part

II" in 2003. Francis' awards include a Level 1 scholarship for painting from both

Musicfest and the National Foundation for the Advancement for the Arts. In 1994, he was

coveted as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts on behalf of the White House Commission

on Presidential Scholars.


Work by Francis resides in both corporate and private collections in Houston, Baltimore,

and New York City. His work can also been in publications such as Callaloo- a literary

magazine for African American arts and letters, Vibe magazine, Liberty Magazine in

Dubai, and New York's Newsday newspaper.

Recent Exhibits

Ricardo Francis participated in these exhibits:

May, 2013 Visions of Men
Leslie-Lohman Museum Prince St. Project Space
Nov, 2012 The Man as Lifetime
32 Jones Gallery at Hudson Pride Connections Center
Apr, 2010 LeonidesArts New York Gallery Presents the Work of Its Contemporary Artists in the Grand Opening of Its New Art Space at the Skyline Hotel in Midtown Manhattan, NYC LeonidesArts New Yor
LeonidesArts New York Gallery In The Skyline Hotel, 725 Ninth Avenue New York, New York 10019
Apr, 2010 Only Art Remains, Artists Views Imparting Meaning To Form
LeonidesArts New York Gallery In The Skyline Hotel, 725 Ninth Avenue New York, New York 10019
Jun, 2009 LeonidesArts Gallery presents "RawVision Of The Men We Know And Have Known" Collective
LeonidesArts Gallery@ The Skyline Hotel, Lobby
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