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'China Moon Series: Madame Erzulie 24" x 24" framed $2000. 2002
Mixed Media on watercolor paper mounted on masonite Handmade paper, Hand manipulated images, Wax, Wood, Acrylic paint
'Finding Myself' 42.5" x 42.5" $4000. 2004
Mixed media on masonite-Handmade papers, Acrylic paint,
Appropriated images, Hand manipulated images, Ceramic tile, Hair
'Finding Myself' (detail)
'Dance of the Spirit'
Collage on Illustration board
36” x 36” $3000.
Mixed Media on paper-images, Tri-color leaf, ebony & monolith pencil, handmade papers, metal
'Intermingle' 20" x 20" (unframed) $1000.
Ebony, Monolith & Chinese White pencil on paper
'Disconnect II' 19.75" x 19.75" unframed $1000. 2018
Chinese White pencil on brown paper
There have been great influences in my life which have inspired my artistic growth.
Nature and Spirit are key to that growth. I have been influenced by, and in particular, visionary and surrealist schools of art. For example, the work of Dali, Joseph Cornell, Dorothea Tanning, Remedios Varo, Egon Schiele, Jorge Gonzalez Camarena, Hannah Hoch, & Indigenous cultures.
I began using the circle when my awareness of the earth, feminine nature and spirit commenced. I work on an intuitive level and let the piece speak to me during the process, whether I have an intent or not. Experimenting with several mediums (acrylic paint, graphite, collage, mosaics, pen & ink) all present different challenges, characteristics and possibilities to the execution of my work. All of which I find have limitless fascination.
Sacred geometry, is present in much of my work specifically, the circle and the circle in the square, these are sacred and universal symbols present in all religions & cultures.
I am seeking to touch, deep within the viewers spirit, a truth or essence.
To awaken/nudge/shift the subconscious.
Seduction into another world...A world of vision and dream.
France Garrido was born in NYC, NY, of 1st generation Spanish & Italian parents, and was steeped in both cultures. At the age of 7 her family moved from an urban setting, NYC, to a rural one, NJ, it was here where her love of nature was sparked; she was allowed to wander freely and explore the magic of the forest and all that presents itself in nature. While in middle school, she visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, where she witnessed Dali’s ‘The Crucifixion’. This painting had a profound influence on her; she was transfixed, everything around her seemed to vanish; standing in front of this painting cemented in her a desire to be an artist!
She attended Ramapo College, NJ, the Art Students League, NY and independently studied the figure, where she developed from associating with more seasoned artists, included in that group was John Gaydos. Having been awarded a private grant to study the Mexican Mural Masterpieces, Mexico City, Cuernavaca and Taxco, had a great influence on her art making; witnessing firsthand the work of Siqueiros, O'Gorman, Rivera, Kahlo, Camarena, et al. Simultaneously she began her deep exploration into collage, which grew into a lifelong passion.
In 2000, she co-founded & co-directed the Collage/Assemblage Society, NY and became Master Collagist, Jonathan Talbot's, studio assistant. It was here that she was introduced to other techniques, including Talbot's unique approach and best practices. Consistently developing her own unique visual language, utilizing appropriated, self-generated and manipulated images along with objects, papers and a host of other elements.
As a Board Member of the Society for Art of Imagination, she is instrumental in developing exhibition opportunities for the Society and works hand in hand with Brigid Marlin, founder/artist to promote Visionary Art and the Societies involvement in this movement. She is also on the exhibition committee for CMA2, a group for Mosaic & Ceramic artists. Her work has been exhibited at the UN Conference on Women, Beijing, China, Murphy Hill Gallery, Chicago, IL, The Noyes Museum, NJ, QCC Art Gallery, NY, The Society for Art of Imagination at The Museum of Fantastic Art, Vienna, Edward Williams Gallery (solo show), Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, NJ, NY Open Center (solo show), NY & Westbeth Gallery, NYC. She has worked hand in hand with Steven Peabody in the execution of commissioned, private & residential, works of art.
Ms. Garrido is best known for her highly detailed and intricate collage/mixed media works that exemplify the Surrealist & Visionary genre. Hannah Hoch, Salvador Dali, Egon Schiele, cultures (her own as well as others) and nature have and continue to inspire her. In 2009 she was honored to be in the ‘Top 10 Women in the Arts’, ARTROM Gallery, Rome Italy, Visionary Art Yearbook 2010-2011, Otto Rapp, and ‘Lexikon der Phantastischen Künstler’, a compilation of International Surreal & Visionary Artists, Author/Curator Gerhard Habarta.
2016 'Dance of the Spirit', Edward Williams Gallery, Fairleigh Dickinson U, Teaneck, NJ
Curator Diana Soorikian
2005 ‘Visionary Imaginings’, Teahouse Gallery, New York, NY, Curator Maria Rodriguez
2002 ‘Energy“, Dr. Peter Gratale, Teaneck, NJ
1997 'Inner Visions', Archetypus Gallery, Edgewater, NJ, Curator Warren Sonberg
1990 'Mandalas', William Carlos Williams Center, Rutherford, NJ, Curator Adele Scott
2022 'Behind the Scenes: Works by NMOA Artists', Newark Museum of Art, Newark, NJ
Curated by Monisha Bernard & Darryl Walker
'Sacred Realms', Virtual exhibition on Kunstmatrix. Society for Art of Imagination
'Portals', Virtual exhibition on Kunstmatrix. Society for Art of Imagination
2021 'Artists & Mannequins', Daniel & Trudy Regan Foundation, NY
'International Surrealism Now', 11th Anniversary Exhibit, Portugal Curator: Santiago Ribeiro
'Representational Fantastic”, Kirkland Arts Center, Seattle, WA
2020 'Glimpse', Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ. Curator: Evonne Davis
2019-20 'Expresiones Latinx 1' Gallery at 14 Maple, Morristown, NJ
Curators: Virginia Fabri Butera, PhD & Will Suarez
2019 'Brigid Marlin & friends ~ Group Exhibition', East Hampton, NY
2018 'Sympathetic Magic', Westbeth Gallery, New York, NY. Curator: Elisa Fecker
'Phantastin in Der Box', Städtische Galerie, Fruchthalle Rastet, Kaisers, Germany
Curator: Gunter Westermann
'So What', Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ, Curator: Evonne Davis
2017 'Visionary Alchemy', One Art Space, NY, NY Curator: Diego Ponce
'Imagination Reigns', Karja’ Gallery, Ubud, Bali Curator Della Burford
'Curious Creatures', Riker Hill Art Park, Livingston, NJ Curator: Larry Dell
2016 'Putting it all Together', Blue Door Gallery, Yonkers, NY Curators Arle Sklar-Weinstein
& Luis Perelman
'Art for Peace', Traveling Exhibition, Atelier Gustave, Paris, France, & Gallerie FLOX,
Dresden, Germany, Curators: Liba Waring Stambollion & Anabella Claudia Hofmann
'Espaco Particula', Coimbra Portugal, Santiago Rubeiro
'Luso-American Surrealism of the 21st Century”. Mississippi State, MS,
Curators: Joe MacGown & Shahla Rosa
2015-16 'Kunst im Herrenhof/art-imaginär', 6th International Fantastic & Visionary Art, Herrenhoff,
Musbach, Germany. Curator: Otfried H. Culmann/Günter Westermann
‘ABC: Assemblage, Book Art, and Collage’, an Invitational. SUMA (Southern Utah Museum
of Fine Art), SUU (College of Performing and Visual Arts) Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery,
UT. Curators: Jonathan Talbot, Sue Cotter & Deborah Snider.
'Eco Museum', Montreal, Canada, Curator: Jean Pronovost
‘surrealism now’, Galeria da Antiga Capitania do Porto de Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal.
Curator: Santiago Ribeiro
'7th BDAA Members Juried Exhibition', 3rd Place, Blue Door Gallery, Yonkers, NY
Juror: Susan Hoeltzel, Director Lehman College Art Gallery/CUNY
‘Dreams & Divinities’, LuminArte Gallery, Dallas, TX, Curator: Liba Waring Stambollion
2014-15 ‘Gallery Artists’, LuminArte Gallery, Dallas, TX, Curator Matt Anzak
2014 ‘Art for Peace’, Moniker Gallery, Toronto, Canada Curator: Jean Pronovost
‘Visionaries: Seers of the Soul’, Blue Door Gallery, Yonkers, NY Curators: Arle Sklar Weinstein
'Luso-American Surrealismo of the 21st Century', Consulate General of Portugal, Paris, Fr,
& Palace of Lousa, Lousa, Coimbra, Portugal, Curator Santiago Ribeiro
'Luso-American Surrealismo of the 21st Century', Latino Art Museum, Pomona, CA,
Curators Graciela Horne Nardi/Shahla Rosa
'LuminArte Gallery', Dallas, TX, Curator Shahla Rosa
2013-14 ‘International Surrealism Now’, Roque Gameiro House, Amadora, Lisbon, Santiago Ribeiro
2012 ‘Visionaries’, International Invitational Exhibition, QCC Art Gallery, NY
‘A Celebratory Exhibition & International Conference on the Future of Fantastic and
Visionary Art’, Phantasten Museum, Wein (Museum of Fantastic Art, Vienna)
‘Gleanings’, Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ, Curator Dorrie Papademetriou
‘shequality’, s.h.e. Gallery, Boonton, NJ, Supporting Human Equality, Curator Kim Saunders
2010 ‘5 Decades of the Fantastic’, Murphy Hill Gallery, Chicago, IL, Director Bill Hill
2009 ‘Essential Music and Art’, Chelsea, NY, NY, Curator Ellie Colon
2006 ‘Mid Summer Dream’, L.I.T.M., Jersey City, NJ Curator Ellie Colon
2004 ‘Piece by Piece’, Port of Call Gallery’, Warwick, NY, Curator Laura Breitman
2003-04 'Pfizer Gallery', New York, NY, Artist as Alchemist, Curator Ingrid Fox
2003 ‘Brave Destiny’, Williamsburg Museum, Brooklyn, NY, Curator Terrance Lindall
2002-03 'POLi Gallery', Provincetown, MA, Nicoletta Poli, Director
'small things considered', The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, NY, NY, ,
'TEN', Viridian Artists, Inc., NY, NY
'Exploring the Qualities & Potentialities of Paper Works', Artbuilders Gallery, JC, NJ
Curator: Hsaio-Ning Tu
2000-01 'Group Exhibit', Denise Bibro Gallery, NY, NY
2000 'From the Heart of the Artist', Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL
'In The Hands Of An Artist, An Artists Showcase of Material Diversity', Jennings
Gallery/Kenkeleba Gallery, NY, NY, Juror Howardena Pindell, 3rd Place Award
'Feminist Expo', NAWA, Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD
'fragments' , Collage & Assemblage, ART FOUNDATION, NYC, NY,
Curated by Nessa Grainger, Takayo Noda & Madeleine Segall-Marx
1997-98 'La Mama La Galleria', NY, NY, Director Lowry Smith
1995-96 'THE WORLD'S WOMEN ON-LINE!' INTERNET INSTALLATION.
World Wide Web http://www.asu.edu/wwol Index of over 800 images by women artists globally.
THE WORLD'S WOMEN ON-LINE!, VIDEO/INTERNET GALLERY INSTALLATION,
Incorporating images by women artist globally in tandem with 3-D computer animation.
*Computing Commons Gallery, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
World's Women On-Line!, United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing, China
(touring version) *ADA:WOMEN AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, Artemisia Gallery,
Ramapo College of New Jersey Art Students League Studied with: Calley O'Neill
Mahwah, NJ NY, NY Dr. H.D. Raymond
2022 Imaginezine, featured artist. http://imaginezine.com/France-Garrido/
2014 ‘Visionaries: Seers of the Soul’, Catalogue, Blue Door Gallery, Yonkers, NY
2012 ‘VISIONARIES’, QCC Catalogue, NY
‘Featured Artist’, Art Europas, Germany/Italy, Mia de Schur
2010 ‘Visionary Art Yearbook 2010-2011’, Otto Rapp
2009 ‘Lexikon der Phantastischen Künstler’, a compilation of International Artists from 60 countries.
Author/Curator Gerhard Habarta
2007 'TRAPPINGS~Two Girls Working'~Interviews w/Empowered Women.
2005-08 "Mosaic Art 2008” - A collective portfolio of contemporary mosaic art on CD-Rom
2001 'Creative Insight', "Pick-Up Palette", Ellen Peckham. Publication of Fine Arts & Poetry
Awarded by Calley O'Neill - Study of Mexican Mural Masterpieces: Cuernavaca, Mexico City & Taxco
Society For Art of Imagination (AOI), International
The Collage/Assemblage Society, NY, NY-Founder & Past Co-Director
NY Artists Circle, NY, NY
2006-2008 - Public Works~Mosaics, Commissioned by the City of Yonkers, NY.
1979-80 - ‘That’s the Way of the World-History of Agriculture in the US’, 7,000 sq.ft. Mural,
W. Milford, NJ
In the Collection of:
Howard Kailes, Esq, Hoboken, NJ
Calley O'Neill, Kamuela, HI
Chris & Tom Sovak, Tuxedo, NY
Jami & Steven Taback, Santa Rosa, CA
Liz Ndoye, Hoboken, NJ
Deborah Hakam, Tahoe Vista, CA
Florence Pape, Hoboken, NJ
Katie & John Collins, Chester, NY
Erica & Shawn Stearns, Tuxedo, NY
Marty Alexander, North Bergen, NJ
Dr. Marianne Styler, Israel
Theresa Pino, Hoboken, NJ
2015 - Permanent collection of the Tibet House, NYC
2014 - Studio Assistant to Jonathan Talbot, Warwick, NY
2012 - Included in the Permanent Collection: Phantasten Museum, Wein (Museum of Fantastic Art,
2006-15 ~ Artist’s Archives, el MUSEO del barrio, NY, NY
2005 Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ ~ http://www.jerseycitymuseum.org
Scholars Interpret: Works from the Permanent Collection," featuring personal
reflections on a print by, Reginald Marsh.
2004 Panelist, The Imaginary Voyage (Le Voyage Imaginaire), Roundtable discussion on collage,
Poughkeepsie Art Museum, Poughkeepsie, NY. Moderator: Jonathan Talbot