“TURN OF THE CENTURY”
A solo exhibition of recent work by
RICARDO OSMONDO FRANCIS
Friday April 25, 2014
6 PM – 9 PM
LeonidesArts New York and the East End Studio Gallery proudly presents “TURN OF THE CENTURY,” a solo exhibition featuring the recent work of multi-media painter Ricardo Osmondo Francis. Inspired by Classical art, multi-ethnic antiquity, and present day advertisement imagery Francis’ vivid pictorial works present a torrent of imagery culled from every possible corner of the visual culture. His lush elaborately graphic surrealistic paintings and drawings often depict the social constructs of masculinity and the complexity of their existence through striking introspective, portraiture, still life, and abstract compositions. Thick with an air of political and spiritual symbolism, Francis’ works project a powerful, questioning aura of sexual ambiguity and social identity in compositions saturated with allegorical ambiguity.
Ricardo Osmondo Francis is a native of Houston, TX and grew up in the 3rd Ward neighborhood. He currently lives and works in Jersey City, NJ. He received a BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore, MD) in 1998 and is a graduate of the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in 1994. He presently is the Curator in Residence for the Brooklyn Community Pride Center in Brooklyn, NY and is the Gallery Director for LeonidesArts NY, an artist run non-profit visual arts organization whose mission is to present contemporary art exhibitions and public art projects that reflects a variety of distinct artistic styles, disciplines, themes, and cultural experiences.
He has exhibited his work extensively in galleries and museums both domestically and internationally and was one the cofounders of BLAFTCO, a Houston based alternative art group that was active through most of the 90’s and is the founder of Apanamae Productions, an independent art company that has premiered various art exhibits and performance art projects by the artist since 2000.
“TURN OF THE CENTURY” will run until Friday May 8, 2014.The reception is free to the public. For more information about this you may visit www.eestudiogallery.com, http://