Franz Fox

ARTIST STATEMENT

“My paintings feature an ever changing genre of artwork – landscapes, Africana/Aboriginal, figurative abstract and a new body of work that I have been perfecting over my lifetime. I have coined this body of work Neoplasticity. It is in the movement of psychic automatism, which gives priority to the process, emphasizing impulse over premeditated composition. This involves the introduction of a main figural element as subject matter, painted with oils or acrylics, and fine detail added with pen and ink, creating a sense of shadow and movement, with hidden figures and symbols. My work is inspired by imagination, expression and feeling and is not a product of recreated reality.

My landscapes are also products of my imagination, minimal mixing of pigments and wet on wet technique give the landscapes a sense of luminosity and complexity that is inherent in both the imagination and the world around us. The perspectives are at times extreme in order to create a surreal effect.”

ARTIST BIO

Franz Fox was born on the island of Cuba under the Batista Regime. After the Castro government came into power, several uprisings resulted in immediate family members being jailed for defiance of the communist government. Soon thereafter, Fox’s family migrated to the US, just before the Cuban missile crisis.

During his travels to England, France, Italy, Spain, and Holland, Franz perfected his art through his studies of landscape and architecture. He studied painting in Paris, France and Malaga, Spain. His formal education is in architecture which gives him a unique mastery of perspective and spatiality.

REPRESENTATIONAL HISTORY

Franz’s painting, The Garden Past, was chosen by juror Paul Resika, for New York City’s First Street Gallery National Juried Exhibition, June 2011. Franz has had representation at the Agora Gallery in Chelsea in New York City. He has also been represented by the 2nd Floor Gallery in Mechanicsburg, PA and the Harrisburg Art Association Gallery in Harrisburg, PA. Franz participated in the 2013 New York Art Expo and his work was featured in the October 2013 edition of American Art Collector magazine. In 2014 Franz was accepted for representation at the 3rd Street Gallery in Philadelphia, PA. Franz was juried into membership with the Oil Painters of America in 2015. In fall of 2015, his painting Black and White was purchased by Tryba Architects for permanent placement at Aimco’s property Park Towne Place in Philadelphia. In 2015 Franz was juried into InLiquid in Philadelphia as well as the New York Art Group in New York City. In 2016, Franz was juried into Viridian Artists Gallery in New York City, NY.

He currently operates Franz Fox Studios and Gallery from his home studio in Lancaster County, PA. Previously he owned and operated his own galleries; Franz Fox Studios and Gallery on Gallery Row in Lancaster, PA, Gallery on Pomfret, in Carlisle, PA and Gallery 114 in Mechanicsburg, PA. He has been invited and participated in several art benefit auctions for WITF-TV, public television in Harrisburg, PA and most recently the YAI benefit auction in New York City. He has sold his artwork through public auctions and donated artwork to other local charities.