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BIOGRAPHY

 

He is a resident and native son of Houston, Texas. During his formative years in the public and parochial schools of Houston, El Franco's artistic abilities were duly acknowledged by Houston Independent School District, the Archdiocese of Galveston Houston, Houston Livestock and Rodeo, and Glassell School of Art.

El Franco’s solo and juried exhibitions have included, Gift of the Spirit (A partnership of JPMorgan Chase and Art League Houston); Project Row Houses - Houston, Texas; Angstrom Gallery - Dallas, Texas; Siebert Brandford Shank & Co., LLC Public Finance Summit – Napa Valley, California; Contemporary Arts Museum – Houston, Texas; Romo Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia; G Gallery – Houston, Texas; University of Houston Project Gallery; Blaffer Gallery – Houston, Texas; Yale University - Annual Art Barn Exhibit – Norfolk, Connecticut; Diverse Works Gallery Art Space – Houston, Texas.

The future for El Franco will certainly encompass more of his “Urban Mannerist Pop Art” on a larger scale. You can also expect a recommence for his love of sculpting and comic book characters.

 

 

CURRICULUM VITAE

 

    EDUCATION

  • Master of Fine Arts - School of Art, University of Houston, Houston, Texas 2013
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting - School of Art, University of Houston, Houston, Texas, 2007
  • Undergraduate Course Work, School of Art, Yale University, Norfolk, Connecticut, 2006

 

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Student Teacher - Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013 (Fundamentals of Drawing) University of Houston Central - Houston, Texas
  • • 1997 to 2013 – ESPA CORP Architecture - Houston, Texas Auto-CAD, Inspections, Design, Blue Print Reproductions, Take-offs for engineering plans
  • 2009     Boys and Girls Club - Guest Curator - Houston, Texas
  • 2009     Urban Illustration Workshop – Lawndale Art Studio - Houston, Texas
  • 2008 and 2009   Kellner Consulting (assisted with Houston Metro Arts in Transit Program) Houston TX - Contract
  • 2003 - 2005   Diverse Works Art Gallery (Intern) Houston, Texas

 

    EXHIBITIONS

  • 2013     Red Bud Gallery “Western Sequels: Art from the Lone Star” Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2013     Premium Goods -“Adidas Originals release party for the Jeremy Scott sneaker” – Houston, Texas
  • 2013     Blaffer Gallery - Master of Fine Arts Thesis Solo Exhibition - "Truthful Realities" - Houston, Texas
  • 2012     Red Bud Gallery “Western Sequels: Art from the Lone Star” Athens, Greece
  • 2012     Houston Art Alliance “You Are Here” Houston, Texas
  • 2012     115 Montrose “HOWBOUTNOW: Graduate Painting” Houston, Texas
  • 2012     Houston Community College Northeast Art Hub “Truthful Realities: Confrontational Art” Houston, Texas
  • 2012     Kashmere Gardens Spring Break Art Show, El Franco Lee II and Josh Raymundo, Posthumously – Houston, Texas
  • 2012     Kashmere Gardens Spring Break Art Show “Time, Mind, and Place” – Houston, Texas
  • 2011     University of Texas CentralTrak “Liquid Analog” - Dallas, Texas
  • 2011     Kashmere Gardens Spring Break Art Show - Houston, Texas
  • 2011     Senior Citizen Spring Break Art Show – Houston, Texas
  • 2011     Blue Star Gallery "Art from the Land of the Cougar" - San Antonio, Texas
  • 2010     G-Gallery "18 for the money" - San Antonio, Texas
  • 2010     "Urban Digital Art Show" - Houston, Texas
  • 2009     10th Annual Midtown Visions Cultural Arts Tour - Houston, Texas
  • 2009     Cantanker (Pump Project Art Complex) - Austin, Texas
  • 2009     Tom Joyner Foundation “A Night of Freedom” (September 4, 2009) - Houston, Texas
  • 2009     Diverse Works “Stimulus” (July 17-August 15, 2009) - Houston, Texas
  • 2009     Art League Houston “Visual Harassment” (July 17-August 28, 2009) - Houston, Texas
  • 2009     10th Annual Midtown Visions Cultural Arts – Houston, Texas
  • 2009     Lawndale Art Center - Houston, Texas
  • 2009     Gift of the Spirit ( A Partnership of JP Morgan Chase and Art League Houston) - Houston, Texas
  • 2009     Project Row Houses - Houston, Texas
  • 2008     Project Row Houses - Houston, Texas
  • 2008     Lawndale Art Center - Houston, Texas
  • 2008     Angstrom Gallery, Dallas, Texas
  • 2008     Siebert Brandford Shank & Co., LLC Public Finance Summit – Napa Valley, California
  • 2007     Contemporary Arts Museum – Houston, Texas
  • 2007     Romo Gallery National Black Arts Festival: "The Effects of Pop Culture” - Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2006     G Gallery – Houston, Texas
  • 2006     University of Houston Project Gallery - Houston, Texas
  • 2006     Blaffer Gallery – Houston, Texas
  • 2006     Annual Art Barn Exhibit – Norfolk, Connecticut
  • 2005     Diverse Works Gallery Art Space – Houston, Texas

 

    AWARDS/SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

  • 2013      Spring Recipient of Joan Holt and Roger Wich Scholarship
  • 2012      Fall Recipient of Joan Holt and Roger Wich Scholarship
  • 2012      Spring Recipient of Joan Holt and Roger Wich Scholarship
  • 2011     Centraltrak - University of Texas - Dallas, Texas
  • 2011     Fall Recipient of Joan Holt and Roger Wich Scholarship
  • 2011     Spring Recipient of Joan Holt and Roger Wich Scholarship
  • 2010     Fall Recipient of Joan Holt and Roger Wich Scholarship
  • 2010     Nominated for the 2011 Arthouse Texas Prize
  • 2009     Cantanker Magazine 8 Awardee; Anxiety catalog and exhibition - August 29, 2009 - Austin, Texas
  • 2008-2009    Lawndale Art Center - Lawndale Art Studio Resident/Internship
  • 2008     Winner, Artadia Awards 2008
  • 2006     Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship - Art Division of Yale University

 

    COMMISSIONS

  • 2011     “Houston Sports Authority” 2011
  • 2010     “DNA Athletics Logo” 2010
  • 2008     “Inside Looking Out “ 2008
  • 2009     “Continental Skyline” 2009
  • 2009     “King Johnny” 2009
  • 2008     “Inside Looking Out “ 2008
  • 2006     “Bouquet Still Life Replica” 2006

 

    TELEVISION/RADIO

  • Ernie Manouse Interview - KUHT TV, Art Insights - October 14, 2012
  • Glasstire Radio Interview - Lawndale Residency - June 2008

 

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