American Academy of Art Chicago-no degree self-taught artist
Casa Italia (Italian cultural center) 2008 Casa Italia (Italian cultural center) 2009 Rotunda Gallery Casa Italia Art show Village of Addison,Illinois 2009 Casa Italia (Italian cultural center) 2010 Rotunda Gallery Casa Italia Art show Village of Addison,Illinois 2010 Red Dot Miami 2010 A Vision Chicago solo show 2011 Japan-Red Cross Benefit-Prop Theatre Chicago 4-10-11 The Next Wave Art Salon Group Show Elgin Illinois 2011 Red Dot Miami 2011 Next Gallery St. Charles Art Council Group show 2012 The Next Wave Art Salon Group Show Elgin illinois 2012 Norris Gallery Vicinity 12' Juried Show Norris Cultural Arts Center St.Charles,illinois 2012 Franco Demontes paintings are a complex dialogue of abstract landscapes weaving color, texture, and cultural artifacts. Born in Winfield, Illinois, Franco was raised in an Italian household where trips to Italy introduced him to painting, architecture, and archaeology. Franco studied life-drawing, anatomy, illustration, and painting at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. Inspired by Caravaggio, Michelangelo, Cezanne, Matisse, Van Gogh, Picasso, Emilio Scanavino, and Emilio Vedova. Demonte began drawing at a young age, studying photos and rendering his work from memory. Francos first drawing of Roger Rabbit at the age of 7 quickly showed his talent, followed by a self-portrait and a pencil drawing of a young Elvis Presley. Franco poured his interest in Disney books and copied many of the illustrations that inspired his future creations. The artist admired the grace of the Old Masters, the timeless portraits and still life of Botticelli, Titian, and Giotto di Bondone to name a few. In 1999, Franco was invited to paint the Chicago Cows on Display public art exhibition that was presented in Zurich, Switzerland, during the summer of 1998. Demontes photography during travels to Italy and Spain has expanded his repertoire into photo-collage, painted glass, and a rich blend of mixed-media landscapes that draws from the chiaroscuro of Caravaggio and the cubism of Picasso. The 2000 years revealed Francos movement toward abstraction, painting and mixed media using color and form as influenced by Wassily Kandinsky, Joan Miro, Jean Arp.