Francisco Moreno

b. 1986, Mexico City 

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Francisco Moreno (b. 1986, Mexico City) is a Mexican contemporary artist living and working between Dallas and Mexico City. In 2006, he attended the Conceptual Design Summer Program at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Querétaro Campus in Mexico.  Moreno returned to Arlington to complete his Bachelors in Fine Art at the University of Texas at Arlington in 2010 where he received the James S. Barnett Jr. Ideas in Art Charitable Foundation Scholarship.  In 2012, he graduated with a Masters in Fine Art from the Rhode Island School of Design with the prestigious Presidential Scholar Tuition award.  Moreno’s work has been exhibited in New York City, New York; Providence, Rhode Island; Stowe, Vermont; Concord, Massachusetts; Dallas, Texas; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. 

 

 

Melding art historical imagery with present-day tropes, Moreno harnesses the shared wonders, fears and anxieties depicted by artists across the ages. Upon the 2018 completion of his ambitious sculptural work Chapel — currently on virtual view in the Dallas Museum of Art exhibition “For a Dreamer of Houses” — the artist embarked on a daily drawing project. What began as a simple ritual has evolved into a timely exercise that beautifully combines classical art with real-life events; a poetic examination of bodily parts, medical tools and mental distress.
 

Moreno is the first international artist who joined CP STUDIO in 2019. During his experience in the residency, the artist has created several paintings on wooden boards and on ink on papers.
Francisco Moreno, Piñata Party, 2019, Acrylic on wood, 51 x 41 cm .jpg

Francisco Moreno
Piñata Party, 2019
Acrylic on wood
51 x 41 cm | 20.75 x 16 in

Francisco Moreno Tangled serpent, 2019, Acrylic on wood, 51 x 41 cm.jpg

Francisco Moreno
Tangled Serpent, 2019
Acrylic on wood
51 x 41 cm | 20.75 x 16 in

"Participating in 2019 CP Studio residency in Milan gave me the space needed to take my paintings to the next level. I had mostly focused on large-scale painting installations up to that point and wanted to focus my energy paintings. When visiting the Pinacoteca di Brera, Poldi Pezzoli, Santa Maria delle Grazie, and Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, I would get lost in the rich storytelling displayed in the luscious paintings from the  14th - 17th century. I began to think about all the accompanying formal elements in classical narrative paintings and how they added to the final picture, such as the whimsical grass or symbolic characters that existed in the periphery of the paintings. How these accompanying elements were important and unique and could tell a story on their own. I began to explore how to use these classical elements to talk about contemporary ideas. Skeleton Grass, 2019 is one of my first attempts at exploring this idea".

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Francisco Moreno

Francisco Moreno, Piñata Party, 2019, Acrylic on wood, 51 x 41 cm .jpg
Francisco Moreno, Skeleton grass, 2019 Acrylic on wood 51 x 41.jpg

Francisco Moreno
Skeleton Grass, 2019
Acrylic on wood
51 x 41 cm | 20.75 x 16 in

Francisco Moreno, Obsidian Egg for Dogs, 2019, 51 x 41 cm.jpg

Francisco Moreno
Obsidian Egg for Dogs, 2019
Acrylic on wood
51 x 41 cm | 20.75 x 16 in

Francisco Moreno, 12 21 2019, 2019, Ink on Paper, 10,5 x 15 cm.jpg

Francisco Moreno
12 21 2019, 2019
Ink on paper
10.5 x 15 cm | 4 x 6 in

Francisco Moreno, 12 21 2019, 2019, Ink on Paper, 10,5 x 15 cm .jpg

Francisco Moreno
12 21 2019, 2019
Ink on paper
10.5 x 15 cm | 4 x 6 in