Edgar Franceschi, b. 1943, Humacao, Puerto Rico, works with many different media, including painting, sculpture, set and costume design, and ceramic and printmaking. He earned a BA at the University of Puerto Rico, an MFA at George Washington University, and has also studied at Alfred University, Hunter College, The Corcoran School of Art, Greenwich House Pottery, and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
Franceschi’s primary medium is hand-built glazed stoneware. Through his work, he hopes to find “a sense of order (a refuge, really)” from the “constant blast of life in New York City” by “organizing paint, clay, charcoal, pixels, etc. into a visually cohesive object.” Reviewing his eight-year retrospective at El Museo del Barrio in 1988, John Russell of The New York Times said, “In every way, Mr. Franceschi is a good man to have around. But perhaps the surrealizing compound object is his forte, after all - witness the one called 'The Perspective of the Moon With the Boring Parts Left Out.' That title raises great expectations, and Mr. Franceschi lives up to them.”
Franceschi has been deeply involved in the New York City art scene for the past several decades. In addition to his retrospective at El Museo del Barrio, he has had 16 solo exhibitions in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. He has also participated in numerous group exhibitions including an invitational at the Gloria Kennedy Gallery and the Leslie-Lohman Museum, and has had work featured in a wide range of public collections. Franceschi has received two National Endowment for the Arts grants (1981, 1983), a Sponsored Project Award from the New York State Council on the Arts (1987), and a Creative Artists Program Service Fellowship in sculpture (1981).