Jersey Central: Color photograph, paint, wood, gravel, faux cement on Polystyrene, 40″x 48x 3″, 2020.
Franc Palaia Studio: 120 Old Albany Post Road, Rhinebeck 12572 | 845-505-3123 | Handicap accessible
Franc Palaia is a New York based multi disciplinary artist working in photography, public art, murals, sculpture and is an independent curator and musician. He has curated 35 group exhibits on photography and sculpture in the U.S. and in Italy with reviews in the New York Times, Village Voice and WNET Ch 13. Franc has been included in over 300 group shows and 45 solo-shows, regionally, nationally and internationally with awards that include 20 grants, fellowships and residencies, they include the prestigious Rome Prize Fellowship, two Polaroid Sponsorships a L. C. Tiffany grant, a Puffin Grant, two NYFA grants and several NJ and Arts Mid Hudson grants. Exhibitions include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, Whitney Museum of American Art annex, LA MoCA , OK Harris gallery, PS1, New Museum, ACA Galleries, NY, Saatchi Museum, London, Paris International Urban Art Fair, the Fundacio Salvador Dali-Gala in Spain, the Velan Arte Contemporanea in Turin, Italy and many others. His works are included in the permanent collections of MoMA, Newark and Brooklyn Museums and the New Jersey State Museum to name a few. He has painted over three dozen murals some of which have appeared on WNBC TV , Time Warner Cable TV, and the Discovery Channel. He was named “Distinguished Alumni of 2012” from Kean University. His photographs have been featured in two recent documentary films, “Shadowman” on Richard Hambleton in 2017 and “Boom for Real” on Jean -Michel Basquiat in 2018, both premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, NYC.
Ellis Island: Color photograph, paint, wood, gravel, faux cement on Polystyrene, 40″x 48x 3″, 2020.
Self-portrait (above); Franc in his studio (below)