Francks Francois Décéus

Francks Francois Décéus was born in Cap-Haïtien, Haiti in 1966.  His family migrated to Brooklyn, New York when he was nine years old.  He received a B.A. in Sociology from Long Island University in 1994.  During his junior year in college he enrolled in a painting class, and when he earned an "A" for the class, he was encouraged to pursue his childhood interest in art as a career. 

Over the past two decades of artmaking, his style has evolved along with his choice of subjects, from his childhood in the home country to hope and issues of race, identity and representation in his new community.  Other great migrations have found their way into his work, and the African American experience alongside his personal position as an émigré.  Stylistically his work incorporates many of the influences and aesthetic forms of the 40's and 50's visual artists like William Johnson and Jacob Lawrence, and reverberates with some of the artistic strains of his native Haiti.

Francks Décéus was profiled in a 1998 issue of the International Review of African American Art as "one of the leading young modern painters of his generation, whose work depicts a high degree of sensitivity to social issues and his culture".  He is included in the publication "100 New York Painters", an extensive survey of significant New York painters. 

He has received awards and commissions that include the Samella Lewis Painting Award in Hampton University Museum's "New Power Generation" juried exhibition (2008); Residency, Atlantis Arts Printmaking Atelier, Gentilly, France (2007); commissions by the Brooklyn Academy of Music (1994) and Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York (1997).  He has been included in exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum (2004); Hampton University Museum (2008); MoCADA, Brooklyn (2006); The National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis (2003); and is in the permanent collection of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and Xavier University. Décéus lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.


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