Please explain what just happened.

I was once again discussing with my wife the fact that more and more I lean towards believing in the existence of aliens. Especially in religion. I think that I’ve been watching that Ancient Aliens show too much. She’s not a believer and the look on her face tells me that she probably thinks I’m joking.


What is your earliest memory?

I would sit on a little rocking chair that my paternal grandfather made for me.  My mom and I would sit by the door to wait for my father to come home from work. My parents separated when I was about five so this must have been earlier than that.


If you weren’t an artist, what other profession would you choose?

I would’ve loved to have been a rock star. Other than that, it’s definitely between a psychotherapist or a music producer.


Describe a typical work day.

I get up and try to write down all the chatter in my head.  Once that’s out of the way I tear it up. I drink a big glass of water and check emails and work on tasks that I have pending,  I post a question or quote on my Facebook page, along with some image of my work. I go over to my worktable and work on my art journal. I make my coffee and oatmeal, eat and it is time to work. I think I’ve just described a typical ‘before work day.’



Is there a time you wish you’d lied?

All the time. And here, on the first question; to not start off so melodramatically.


What would you say to yourself if you could go back in time and have a conversation with yourself at age thirteen.

Dude, what you’ve gone through up until now won’t matter in twenty years or so. It gets worse, but you’ll rise above it all. You’re gonna make some really bad choices and live with some regret for a while. But the experiences will shape you and even make you a great storyteller. Don’t give up!


If you could have only one album to get you through a breakup, what would it be?

Dream Evil – Dio.



What are three websites—other than your email—that you check on a daily basis?

Facebook, Twitter & Flickr.


From what or whom do you derive your greatest inspiration?

I don’t rely on inspiration. Inspiration joins in and then takes off as it pleases.  Work and discipline are always around. Inspiration is always welcome to join in, but I know that when she takes off I’ll still be working.



Name three books that have impacted your life.

The Courage to Create, The Metamorphosis, and El Llano en llamas.


If you could relive one moment over and over again, what would it be?

After seeing Public Speaking with Fran Lebowitz last night. I came to realize how important it is I get away from nostalgia. So I no longer want to relive anything.


How are you six degrees from Kevin Bacon?

I don’t think I am. But looking at my Priority Boxes Art Project, at times makes me think I might become a “six degrees of” kinda dude.


What makes you feel most guilty?

This question.


How do you incorporate the work of other artists into your own?

I study it, experiment with it and reformulate it, applying concepts of my own.


Please explain the motivation/inspiration behind The Priority Boxes Art Project.

I want to make art accessible to people from all walks of life by sending a piece of art that they can interact with. But I also want to spark dialogue in the process.  I want for people to question the value we give concepts such as Peace, Love and Justice, and also to question our  ability to influence such concepts and our ability to change.




What is the best advice you’ve ever given to someone else?

Do it!


List your favorite in the following categories:  Comedian, Musician, Author, Actor.

I feel bad picking just one of each.

Comedian – Richard Pryor.

Musician – more than one.

Author – more than one.

Actor – Kathy Bates.


If you had complete creative license and an unlimited budget, what would your next project be?

I would probably put a lot of Buckminster Fuller’s ideas and concepts to the test. Anyone concerned about the future of the planet and humanity should read his work and legacy. But I think I would just go with my performance piece which consists of embarking on a US gallery tour to all the galleries that have rejected me. I will reenact an adaptation of Julia Roberts’ character at the boutique scene in Pretty Woman — “Hi, remember me?  You wouldn’t hang my work. BIG mistake. Big! HUGE!!”


What do you want to know?

Everything! Don’t we all?


What would you like your last words to be?

I’m very spontaneous, so I would have to be there. Something kind or funny, I hope.


Please explain what will happen.  

You will be the fourth website, other than my email, that I will check on a daily basis.



Franck de Las Mercedes is a Nicaraguan born painter raised in New York City with a self-obtained education, straight from the aisles of the New York Public Library. From his provocative portraits to his large scale abstract paintings, his work has been described as symbolic, vibrant, colorful, explosive and sometimes disturbing.

In 2006, Franck initiated The Priority Boxes Art Series, a peace initiative that has evolved into a movement now embraced by popular culture, mainstream media outlets, schools and art educators across America.

Franck and his work have been featured on numerous national and international television and radio shows including, LatiNation, CNN  En Español,  Noticiero Telemundo and Univision’s “Aqui y Ahora.” He’s also been featured in prestigious publications including, Selecciones (Reader’s Digest), Art Business News, Hispanic Magazine, SoulPancake, Museum VIEWS, American Style and The Artist’s Magazine.

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