Mountain & Desert
Photographs & Paintings
Virtual Exhibition August
Portraits & Landscape
Oil on Canvas
37" x 60"
Franco works mostly in oils and acrylic as seen working on the painting "Hoppe Reiter".
Portraits in the style of FrancoAmericano
Americano discovers the exposure of emotion and the human form in his art, creating portraits that embody both iconic imagery and his own imagination of his subjects’. His paintings and works on paper distinctively present a central coupled or lone figure as Americano translates each person’s inner landscape. Americanos’ painting language is rendered by distinctive outlines, organic shapes, and intensely blended brushwork, which he fuses with expressionist color—saturated hues and matte palettes. His figures are exaggerated forms posed within a dark and dreamy realm, offering elusive, idiosyncratic portraits with a wide-range of fluctuating expressions.
The human psyche is constantly seeking balance within itself and the outer world. In this need to find balance, in of whatever shape or expression it takes, acts as a shield against unpredictability and the potential chaos of human emotions. Whether a village landscape or a human figure contorted, my work strives to portray everyday’s inner struggle to find balance. I paint the human species with its delicate flesh and determined psyche.
American -Jewish Artist Yossi Apodaca professionally nick named Franco Americano, is a self-taught artist. He received his BA in Elementary Education from San Francisco State University. Americano has exhibited in the US and abroad including shows in Barcelona, Spain and Paris, France, & Most recently Jerusalem Israel. United States exhibitions include New York City, Brooklyn, Colorado, San Francisco, Chicago and Los Angeles. His work has been featured in Better Homes and Gardens, Tom of Finland Catalog and The Advocate & The Jerusalem Biennale 2019. Currently with Jewish Artists Initiative of Southern California. 2020
Franco Americano lives and paints in Mountain Center, California