biography

A native of Toronto, Franco graduated from the Ontario College of Art (now OCAD) in 1990 and returned to the University of Guelph in 2004-05 to further his studies. As a multidisciplinary artist since 2004, Franco has been exhibiting art and art projects ranging from sculpture/installation, photography, digital art, and sound art exploring narratives and representations that materialize notions of media, technology, art history, and pop culture.

With his recent “Plasma Gel”, series of digital/mixed media “picture objects”, Franco exploresdigital media as a mode of abstract image production in the creation of an art object. Investigating the links between art and memory, history and technology, the Plasma Gels series use digital imaging as a means to navigate the territory between photography and painting, mixing references to photography, painting and display technology.

Visualizing ephemeral and elusive environments that allude to a non-delineated, but deep pictorial space, these works recall the colour-field and the elemental geometry of mid to late twentieth century post painterly abstraction, minimalism and op-art. Franco’s work hasexhibited in Canada and the United States and is included in various private and corporate collections throughout North America.


education

1990 Ontario College of Art

2004-2005 BFA, Studio Art, University of Guelph, Canada


solo exhibitions

2014 “Geoengineering Normality”, Galerie Bernd A. Lausberg, Düsseldorf
“Sylphs and Strands”, William Turner Gallery, Los Angeles 

2013 “Tune In, Turn On...” Newzones Contemporary, Calgary 

2012 “New Works”, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, Canada 

2011 “Furniture Music”, Newzones Contemporary, Calgary, Canada 

2010 “Retinal Traffic”, Oeno Gallery, Prince Edward County, ON, Canada 

2009 “Musique d’Ameublement”, Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, Canada
“Ambient Field”, Newzones Contemporary, Calgary, Canada 

2008 “Plasma Gels”, Lausberg Contemporary, Toronto, Canada 

2007 “Plasma Gels”, SNAP Contemporary Art, Vancouver, Canada
“The Aesthetics of Non-Committal”, Engine Gallery, Toronto, Canada 

2006 “Vagilanti - Prophylactic Nanobots”, Toronto Free Gallery, Toronto, Canada 


2013 “Kommende Ausstellung”, Galerie Bernd A. Lausberg, Düsseldorf 

2010 “Ears Wide Open”, Lausberg Contemporary, Toronto, Canada
“Liquid Supercool 2”, William Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
“Pulled – A Print Show”, Headbones Gallery, Toronto, Canada 

2009-2010 “Chromatic”, Oeno Gallery, Prince Edward County, ON, Canada 

2009 “Best of Lausberg Contemporary”, Lausberg Contemporary, Toronto, Canada
“Die Farbe Bunt”, Lausberg Contemporary, Düsseldorf, Germany
“Summer Fires”, Lausberg Contemporary, Toronto, Canada
“55° Summer 2009” Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, Canada
“Little Luxuries” Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, Canada
“The Blue Show”, Lausberg Contemporary, Toronto, Canada 

2008 “Unite With Art”, Unicef AIDS benefit, Trunk Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
“Aurora Fughetta” Oeno Gallery, Prince Edward County, ON, Canada 

2007 “Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition” 
“SNAP 07” AIDS benefit, SPIN Gallery, Toronto, Canada 

2006 “Holiday Glow”, Engine Gallery, Toronto, Canada
“Queen West Art Crawl”, Toronto, Canada
“O Canada 2”, Propeller Gallery, Toronto, Canada
“The Centre Cannot Hold”, Toronto Free Gallery, Toronto, Canada
“The Cult of Speed Meets The Slow Movement” Toronto Free Gallery, Toronto, Canada
“Love Potion Project”, Propeller Gallery, Toronto, Canada 

2005-2006 “XXX Show”, Engine Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2005-2006 “Small Art Show”, Leonardo Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada 

2005 “Art In The Air”Audio Art Festival - Radio Component, Faucet Media Arts / Struts Gallery, Sac Canada
“O Canada”, Propeller Gallery, Toronto, Canada
“The Corporate World”, Toronto Free Gallery, Toronto, Canada

group exhibitions


2012 “Toronto International Art Fair”, represented by Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, Canada
“Affordable Art Fair New York”, represented by Elisa Contemporary, Bronx, New York, USA
“artMRKT San Francisco”, represented by Newzones Contemporary, Calgary, Canada
“Artlantique in Utrecht”, represented by ARTITLED!, Herpen, NL
“Dallas Art Fair”, represented by Newzones Contemporary, Calgary, Canada
“Toronto IDS”, represented by Oeno Gallery, Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada 

2011 “Art Miami”, represented by Lausberg Contemporary, Toronto/Düsseldorf/Miami
“Art Fair 21” Cologne, Germany,represented by Lausberg Contemporary, Toronto/Düsseldorf/Miami
“Toronto International Art Fair”, represented by Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, and Lausb Toronto/Düsseldorf/Miami
“Affordable Art Fair New York”, represented by Elisa Contemporary, Bronx, New York, USA
“Art Chicago”, represented by Newzones Contemporary, Calgary, Canada
“Dallas Art Fair”, represented by Newzones Contemporary, Calgary, Canada
“Toronto IDS”, represented by Oeno Gallery, Prince Edward County, Ontario 

2010 “Art Miami”, represented by Lausberg Contemporary, Toronto/Düsseldorf/Miami
“Art Fair 21” Cologne, Germany, represented by Lausberg Contemporary, Toronto/Düsseldo
“Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam”, represented by ARTITLED!, Herpen, NL
“Art Amsterdam”, represented by ARTITLED!, Herpen, NL
“Prima Vera” Rotterdam, , NL, represented by ARTITLED!, Herpen, NL
“Dallas Art Fair”, represented by Newzones Contemporary, Calgary, Canada
“Los Angeles Art Show”, represented by Lausberg Contemporary, Toronto/Düsseldorf/Miami

2009 “Art Miami”, represented by Lausberg Contemporary, Toronto/Düsseldorf
“Lineart” Gent, Belgium, represented by ARTITLED!, Herpen, NL
“Art Chicago”, represented by Newzones Contemporary, Calgary, Canada
“Art Karlsruhe”, Karlsruhe, Germany, represented by Lausberg Contemporary, Toronto/Düss
“Palm Beach 3”, represented by Lausberg Contemporary, Toronto/Düsseldorf/Miami 

2008 “Toronto International Art Fair”, represented by Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, Canada a Contemporary, Toronto/Düsseldorf/Miami
“Art Chicago”, represented by Newzones Contemporary, Calgary, Canada and Lausberg Cont Toronto/Düsseldorf/Miami
“Art Fair 21” Cologne, Germany,represented by Lausberg Contemporary, Toronto/Düsseldorf/Miami“Toronto International Art Fair”, represented by Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, and Lausb Toronto/Düsseldorf/Miami
“Los Angeles Art Show”, represented by Lausberg Contemporary, Toronto/Düsseldorf/Miam Contemporary Gallery, Calgary, Canada
“Art Miami”, represented by Lausberg Contemporary, Toronto/Düsseldorf/Miami, and Newz Calgary, Canada
“Toronto International Art Fair”, represented by Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, and Lausb Toronto/Düsseldorf/Miami
“Palm Beach 3”, represented by Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, Canada 

2007 “Toronto International Art Fair”, represented by Engine Gallery, Toronto, Canada

art + design fairs