Events: NEA Big Read - Irving

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Meet the artists:

Frankie Garcia III is an Artist, a Curator and an Arts Advisor. Frankie originally founded FGIII Fine Art Productions in 2000 as an umbrella cooperative dedicated to establishing unity within the Dallas independent art community as well as instilling purpose and vision into the work of the individual artist. Since then, FGIII Fine Art Productions has developed into a full-service, comprehensive art advisory company. Over the past 20 years, Frankie has been determined to nurture his passion for culture, love for the arts and obligation to his community into a professional art career.

“We promote the work of emerging, mid-career and established artists through curated arts and culture programming with a concentration on producing high-caliber fine art shows and exhibitions as well as manage residential and commercial art projects. We’re committed to empowering our artists with the necessary professional assets to drive the growth of their business and create worth through their artistic practice.”

Dulce Ruqué was born in Havana, Cuba and worked as a Computer Systems Analyst--programmer for over 30 years until retiring from IBM. Dulce traveled extensively throughout Europe, South America, Australia, and the US, now resides in Lewisville, TX.

Dulce earned an Associate in Arts, with an emphasis in drawing and painting from the Brookhaven College, Dallas, TX. She also served on the Visual Art League of Lewisville in positions of vice-president and currently a director.

Dulce is an artist at heart, and proud and humbled to be a painter. She started to paint after retirement, although in one way or another, always kept herself involved with art. Dulce likes to use media that allows the brush to flow and express movements and strive to capture the mystery of the fleeting moment, and at the end create artwork of her imagination.

Jose Angel Hernandez’s journey as an artist started when the world was counting down the last few days of the 20th century in anticipation of Y2K (Year 2000). He reflected on my life and realized he needed to satisfy an inner desire that was asleep and unnoticed inside of him. 

As an instructor in Corporate America Jose has helped a lot of people and corporations improve their performance but at that moment he could not think of anything he had done to help myself. He thought of his childhood days when he would draw his father sitting down watching television. That was when it clicked: the artist within was ready to make an entrance in the world. It was then his journey of words and colors began. A journey of creating meaningful art and public speaking.

Twenty years have passed since that awakening and after several detours, the purpose of his journey as an artist became clear in the year 2014: To create art that is meaningful, interactive, playful, and evokes conversation. The new focus resulted from the addition of found, recycled, or purchased objects to the flat surface of my artwork and the use of vibrant colors. 

The use of three-dimensional objects has allowed him to explore and expand his body of work to include abstract portraits, animals in a zoomorphic style and conceptual art. Whether it is a portrait, an animal, or a concept, the 3D elements enrich the message and makes the artwork more interesting and meaningful. His collectors find connections with the composition, 3D objects and use of color in his artwork. Creating 3D Mixed Media art has helped him satisfy that inner desire that started late in the year 1999 and will continue to the end of his life.

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