Creative Global Network for the Visual Arts



*Solo and Group Exhibitions


2013   (June 28-30)   Milwaukee Avenue ART FEST , PRAA/ Young Shoes store,  2777 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago


2012/2013  (December 21-January 1)  ART&Apocalypse,Quennect 4 Gallery, 1000 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago


2012     (May 3-May 31) Hecho en Logan Square/Made in L.S., I Am Logan Square gallery, 2644 N. Milwaukee Avenue,Chicago
2010  (October 17—Nov. 7)AnyPlace-A Group Exhibit Examining Progress,Cole’s Bar, 2338 N. Milwaukee Avenue,Chicago

2010   ( October 8-November 7) "Unfinished: Show Us What You're Made Of!", NEW WAVE CAFE    2557 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago.

2009 (Sept 19-Nov 11) Barrio Art Fest group exhibit--IPRAC, Humbold Park, Chicago, IL.

2008 (October 3- Nov 3) *POSTALES PLASTICAS solo show at Humboldt Park Public Library
2008 (August) Barrio Art multi media Fest (Paid for an Installation for the festival) Humboldt Park Boat House
2007 (October 25-November30th) Triangulations-Reversible eye gallery-1103N. California ave.
2007 (October 4 -November 30th)*C.A.M. Small Bar-2049 W. Division and STRANGE BEAUTY SHOW Gallery- 1261 N.Paulina ave.Chicago.
2007 (September 10-30)*LUNARES* Barrington High school Gallery, IL
2007 (February 2-March 31) Chicago City Arts Gallery collective exhibit, 410 S.Michigan Ave.,Suite 601, Chicago,IL
2006 (September 15-November 17) P.i.E. Collective Exhibit, Reversible Eye Gallery, 1103 N. California Ave., Chicago,IL
2006 (September 5-October 31) ARTE DE DOS Exhibit(LUNAR LIBRATIONS), Humboldt Park Boathouse Gallery, 1359 N. Sacramento Ave., Chicago, IL
2006 (April 24-June 10) Coco's Restaurant I.P.R.A.C. collective exhibit, 2723 West Division St., Chicago,IL 2006 (March 26-April 14) Alumni Artist Exhibit, Ronald WilliamsLibrary, Northeastern Illinois University,5500 N. St. Louis Ave., Chicago,IL
2005 (September 13-October 30) Hispanic Heritage Month Exhibit, Malcolm X College,
1900 W. Van Buren St., Chicago,IL
2005 (September 9-Oct 9) Puerto Rico Today, Collective Exhibit, Cook County Treasurer's Office, City Hall, Chicago, IL.
2005 (May 21) El Barrio Art Fest, Multimedia Festival, Humboldt Park Stables, Chicago,IL
2005 (January 2-February 2) *DREAM solo exhibit, Filter Cafe, 1585 N. Milwaukee Ave, Wicker Park, Chicago, IL
2004 (December 4-5) Visual Aids Postcards from the Edge Benefit Show, Brent Sikkema Gallery,530 West 22nd Street, New York, New York.
2004 (October) Hispanic Heritage Month Art Exhibit, James R. Thompson Center, Center, Main Lobby, Chicago,IL
2004 (August 28) El Barrio Art Fest , Multimedia Fest, Humboldt Park, Chicago,IL
2003 (December 6-January2)*POSTALES PLASTICAS, solo exhibit, Batey Urbano, 2647 Division St.,
Chicago. IL.
2003 (December-January) Exchanges-duo Exhibit, Old Town School of Folk Music 4544 N. Lincoln Ave.,Chicago,IL.
2002 (May 20) *Birds of Melancholy Public Performance - 65 infantry highway, Rio Piedras, 20th stop Santurce,Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.
2002 (May 7) Quita y Pon - Rejects Exhibit, School of Plastic Arts, S.J
2001 (October-November) Annual Paint Dept. Exhibit- S.P.A., S.J.
2001 (May) Annual Student Exhibit, School of Plastic Arts(EAP), S.J.
2001 (May) The Rebirth of the Flat Cube Conceptual Exhibit by Chemy Rosado collaboration on 5 paintings. Viota Gallery, Guaynabo. PR.
2001 (January) The First Exhibition of Escuela de Artes Plasticas students in Viota Gallery.
2000 (September-October) International Exhibition of Postal Art-Only Personal Things,Roberto Sechi (coordinator), Rio Claro,Sao Paulo, Brazil
2000 (August 11-12) Friends Collective, Flash Back Disco Hiroshima®, Jorge Rivera, Ramon Agosto, Samuel Soto and Johnny Morales, The Question Mark Bar, San Juan, PR
1999 (All Year) S.k.e.t.c.h. Traveling Art show, Canada.
1998 (November) Postal Art exhibit for Chiapas, Casa de Solidaritat, Barcelona, Spain
1998 (March)Fix art festival, festival for street youth, 469 King St., Toronto
1998 (March- April) White Elephant show, curated by Robert Chandler,, 401 Richmond St. West, Toronto
1998 (August) Postal Art for Chiapas, AEBU, Uruguay, curated by Clemente Padin
1997 (July) Produced a compilation book of collages from 1991-1997 called ARTEFACTO ESKIZOFRENIA CALLE POEMA TERCER MUNDISTA photocopied with 66 pages in an edition of 28.
1995 (April-May) The Third Punk Art Show, ABC NO RIO, 156 Rivington st. New York, N.Y.
1990-1994--- La Calle, Underground punk concert posters that travelled Puerto Rico and the world.



2002 Winner of the quality of work Special Seminar Award of Contemporary Art. It consisted of a trip to Feria Arco in Madrid and visits to the best museums in Barcelona, Bilbao, and Madrid, Spain.

1994 Winner in the poetry category of the “Twenty Eighth English Literary Contest” at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus.

Music Recordings

1994 Lopodrido- Los Niños se pudrieron – 16 songs

1996 Lopodrido- Odia lo podrido- 16 songs

2005 Lopodrido- Rarísimo-35 songs

2012-   COQUI IGLOO - Pina colada dreams 

2007- Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago.Studio Art (B A) with a Minor in Mass Media

2000-2002 School of Plastic Arts, San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Concentration in painting)

1999-2000 University of Puerto Rico, Carolina campus (Concentration in graphic arts, lithography, and screen printing)

1997 School of Plastic Arts, San Juan, Puerto Rico. (A 5 month class of manual press with Consuelo Gotay

1993-1994 University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus (Concentration in humanities, classes of drawing and theory of color

1992-1993 Atlantic College in Guaynabo (Basic photography classes and composition techniques)

1992 League of Art of San Juan (Drawing class with the deceased Mercedes Quiñones)

Classes with important Contemporary Puerto Rican artists including: Elizam Escobar, Daisy Mora de Leon, Morgan Isaac Lopez, Roberto Parrilla, Mari Mater O’Neil, Melquiades Rosario, Erick French and Consuelo Gotay.

Francisco was born in Rio Piedras- San Juan ,Puerto Rico , and raised in Saint Just, Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico. Coming from a working class family he was never into any art growing up.In 1986 he discovered the punk scene.Took some choir and music reading at school of LIBRE DE MUSICA de Carolina hoping to also learn guitar but he never applied himself due to his desire to express himself in a band.Throughout the early 1990's he played guitar and co-conceptualized the local pioneer punk in Spanish bands,RECHAZO SOCIAL and LOPODRIDO(1990-1997). He had his first experience with visual arts in 1987 admiring the guerrilla artwork featured in N.Y .Bad Newz zine, which inspired him to do the band's collage posters; later distributing them all over the metropolitan area and using them as writing paper for international letters.His friend Rebeca Nogales introduced him to drawing and contemporary art exhibitions.Inspired by the EAP(School of plastic arts PR) and Rebeca, he has continued to visit exhibits for the past 18 years. In the mid 90's he lived for extended periods in NYC(where he first exhibited his collages(ABCNORIO-curated by Christine Boards)and Toronto.It was in Toronto where he started making collage paintings and actually was given the oportunity to exhibit them along homeless youth on a SKETCH organization exhibit. This organiztion afterwards bought his first custom painting;which became part of their permanent collection .http://www.sketch.ca /Back in early 1999 in Puerto Rico he focused on putting togheter a body of work--which he did and used to enter full time to Escuela de Artes PlÃsticas de Puerto Rico(the equivalent in quality of work-not in attendance price to the Art institute of Chicago).He became an honor student, won a trip to visit all the best Museums in Spain and received a scholarship in 2002.That same year he was accepted to the Art Institute of Chicago--which he declined to attend because of its extraordinary educational prices.In 2004 he entered North Eastern Illinois University where he continued his BA in Art Education classes and where he was also in the Deans list(honor list) untill 2007. Francisco is a self educator and he continually works on various media, exploring the world and the trip of being alive.
Taught art and tutored Latino and mixed American children in Chicago Public Schools After School programs for two years.

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