José Franco was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1958, where he studied at the Instituto Superior de Arte. His paintings delve into the universal preoccupations of man and nature and the relationship between technology and ecology. In the words of Abelardo Mena Chicuri, "In the context of 1980's art, Franco, together with Eduardo Rubén and Carlos A. García, set out to recover the expressive values of painting. Franco's abstract images enlarged the bark of plants or details of animal skins as a sort of camouflage. Projected spatially through the addition of three-dimensional elements and objects, they occupied an indeterminate frontier between art and design." Franco has exhibited extensively throughout the globe, and his works can be found in private and public collections in the United States, France,  Italy, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Panama, Colombia, and Cuba. In 1992, Franco was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, New York. José Franco now lives and works in Argentina.

La pelea. 2013. Colored pencil on black paper. 19 3/4" x 27 3/4".

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3 ciempiés. 2009. Acrylic on canvas. 12" diameter.

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Signos. 2010. Acrylic on canvas. 12 1/2" diameter.

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Extraños signos #1. 2010. Acrylic on canvas. 19 1/4" diameter.

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Extraños signos #2. 2010. Acrylic on canvas. 18" diameter.

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Ten cuidado con este serrucho. 2009. Acrylic on canvas. 29" diameter.

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Lagarto. 1996. Acrylic on canvas. 19 1/2" x 19 1/2".

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Libélula y calas. 2002. Acrylic on canvas. 14" x 50 3/4".

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Ángel y colibrí. 2005. Acrylic on canvas. 19 1/4" x 54 3/4".

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Ángel y flores. 2005. Acrylic on canvas. 19 1/4" x 55".

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Tucanes. 1995. Acrylic on canvas. 23 1/4" x 35".

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Encuentros 2. 2008. Acrylic on canvas. 39" x 61".

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Ángel Azul. 2002. Acrylic on canvas. 39 3/4" x 59".

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La soledad del rinoceronte. 1998. Acrylic on canvas. 46" x 70".

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Azul. 2007-2010. Acrylic on canvas. 28" x 75".

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Solsticio de invierno. 2008. Acrylic on canvas. 29" x 75 1/2".

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La tarde. 2007. Acrylic on canvas. 30" x 82".

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La noche. 2007. Acrylic on canvas. 33 1/2" x 81 3/4".

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La madrugada. 2007. Acrylic on canvas. 33" x 82".

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La Piel. 2011. Leather paint on leather. 91" x 98" approximately.

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