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.