Artist: Zac Franzoni

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Zac Franzoni is a working man's artist. He did not go to art school and learn how to paint; instead he painted until he mastered his own style. The result is a unique process that creates visceral, organic, and even cosmic works of art that connect us to something deeper. Some have called him a visionary, but if you ask him about the importance of his art, he will most likely shrug and ask if you think it is pretty. He lives in Chicago and likes The Rolling Stones and drinking good beer. 

ARTIST’S STATEMENT:

“I like to contemplate the difference between the artist and the craftsman. Craftsmen are educated and can consistently produce a desired result. They use their rational mind to bring ideas into the physical world. An artist, on the other hand, is a vehicle or a channel. The things that come through are not always in the artist’s control. I believe the irrational, subconscious mind is the source of the artist’s work. I strive to find a balance between the rational and the irrational, between natural emergence and conscious control. I may never tame the creative energy that fuels my work, and that is fine by me. I am excited each time I paint because I am not strangling the life out of my art; I am allowing it to pass through me and live a life that is its own.”

PREVIOUS EXHIBITIONS:

  • Zhou B Art Center - Chicago IL - January - March 2018

  • Ice House Gallery - Evanston IL - 2018

  • Solo Exhibition - IPaintMyMind Gallery, Chicago IL - April 2017

  • Part of Permanent Collection in the Hilton Oaks Hotel, Oak Park, IL - added December 2016

  • Featured Artist - Green Exchange Chicago - August 2016 - January 2018

  • Featured Artist at the Renaissance Blackstone Hotel Chicago Art Hall - April 2016-April 2017

  • Salvage One, Featured Artist for Casearstone's An Evening of Color - June 2015

  • Paula's Interiors, Showroom Exhibition - March - May 2015

  • Awake Cafe - March - April 2015

  • Loews Hotel Miami - "The Picture of Health" - Permanent Collection

  • Conrad Hotel - Downtown Chicago, January 2015

  • SubTerra Gallery - December 2014

  • Mako James Resident Showcase - Catalyst on Desplaines - December 2014

  • The Joffrey Ballet - EMBARC Fundraiser - November 2014

  • Mako James Resident Showcase at 73 E. Lake - November 2014

  • Two North Riverside Plaza Pop-Up Gallery Exhibit - September 2014

  • Emergence - Mako James Launch Exhibition - Chicago Art Department - July 2014

  • Next Door Cafe - Solo Exhibit - April - June 2014

  • The Professional Building - The Elgin Art Showcase - Art on the Eight - May 2014

  • Orland Park Public Library - Solo Exhibit - February 2014

  • Blue Star Bistro & Wine Bar - Solo Exhibit - December 2013 - February 2014f

  • River East Arts Center - Artworks ADL group show - October 2013

  • Filter - July 2013 - December 2013

  • Brain Art Center - January 2013

  • Brickton Art Center - The Abstract Show - June 2012

  • Fortunate Discoveries Art and Design Gallery - April - May 2012

  • North Riverside Mall Theatre - August 2011

  • Robert Jeffery Salon - August 2011 - November 2011

  • Flat Iron Arts Building - April 2011

  • Framing Mode Gallery - November - December 2010

  • American Artists Gallery - November - December 2010

  • Morning Glory Gallery - October 2010