||French, b. 1961
Frank Schroeder comes from a rich background, a unique ethnicity spanning across continents through his French mother and West African father. Having lived in Africa for several years and after a tumultuous childhood as well as the first Ivorian Civil War in Ivory Coast, it didn’t take long for him to become a reputable, award-winning artist. He exhibited his work in various areas of Africa, such as: Abidjan, Lagos, Cotonou, Accra and Lomé in the 1980s. It was during the political putsch and latent civil war along the Ivory Coast that the galleries that permanently exhibited his artworks were destroyed (with all the paintings burned). After this tragic turn of events, he went back to Spain, then France for a fresh start. For many years he remained unable to take up his brush. It took nine years for him to begin painting again and through new experiences, his style had completely transformed. Schroeder’s artistic and cultural background was shaped by Picasso, Matisse and by all the great 20th Century masters of modern painting, Art Brut and street art. His work is now focused on revisiting classical and philosophical themes that have built Western’s cultural and artistic identity over the years, developing a unique contemporary vision of them. He also works from a very personal and introspective reflection on themes such as ‘silence’, ‘endless waiting’ and ‘loneliness’. Each painting must tell its viewer a story, and must become similar to "Alice in Wonderland’s" mirror, so that each person has the desire to go through it and be a part of it. Schroeder works with acrylic, sticks and collage paper on large canvases. His artworks are the result of a reflection that structures his thinking, his mind and his vision of the world.