MECA presents Ricardo Osmondo Francis" "Mythic/Poetic" opening reception
Houston-born artist Ricardo Osmondo Francis returns to MECA in 2018 to present "Mythic/Poetic," an exhibition of new work. Through mesmerizing, contemplative mixed media paintings and drawings, the artist questions aspects of human existence and our relationships with each other. His lush portraits, still life, and abstract compositions depict social constructs of racial identity, economics, and the complexity of humanity.
Born and raised in Houston’s Third Ward, Francis attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and graduated from the Visual Arts department in 1994, and the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD, where he received a BFA in painting in 1998. As a founding member of BLAFTCO, an alternative visual art collaborative in Houston, Francis first began conceptualizing and developing large-scale art projects and exhibits. Working with BLAFTCO and with MECA support, Francis developed a wide variety of community based, innovative multi-media projects and exhibitions such as The New Museum (1994), Public Opinion (1996), and All Sizes/Real People (1997). MECA audiences are familiar with some of his early work on permanent display in the hallways of Dow School, as well as in the basement level collaboration, The New Museum.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display until February 23.