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Frank Schroeder

Emerging from a tumultuous childhood and a soul-crushing artistic debut, Schroeder’s work explodes with vibrancy of colour and breadth of expression. In his paintings, Schroeder struggles with the dichotomy of decadence and decorum. The tension in these pieces reveals his yearning for indulgence but also for absolution. An unforgiving intellect probes the realm of the heart and soul.

Schroeder was born to a French mother and a West African father gaining a unique ethnicity spanning continents and divergent cultures. His family moved to the Ivory Coast where he suffered through the First Ivorian Civil War. He found solace studying the philosophy, literature and artwork of the 19th and 20th centuries. He retreated to an inner creative world he describes as “dark and sometimes near death.” In 2004, his gallery in the Ivory Coast was ransacked in the aftermath of the revolt and all his pieces were destroyed.

Frank's work is fast, responsive and instinctive, and is produced on canvas and cardboard. Given his ‘no time to lose’ mindset he favors acrylic because of its rapid drying time often overlaying this with oil pastels and sometimes spray paint.

His more recent work tells intricately woven stories of biblical themes and personal experience blended with psychological and emotional confessions. His modernistic use of line combined with energetic colors and evocative Neo-expressionist style is layered with a uniquely patterned use of numbers and type that capture the gaze and encourage new experiences each time the work is engaged.

His work has often been compared to that of Picasso and Basquiat by a number of art critics. The tension in his pieces reveal a yearning for indulgence and absolution.

The Remedy

Acrylic and mixed media on canvas

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Acrylic and mixed media on canvas

Space Museum

Acrylic and mixed media on canvas

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Acrylic and mixed media on canvas

Black Goddess

Acrylic and mixed media on canvas

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Acrylic and mixed media on canvas

Strange Times

Acrylic and charcoal on canvas

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Acrylic and charcoal on canvas
 

Ubu King

Acrylic, collage and oil sticks on canvas

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Acrylic, collage and oil sticks on canvas

Cartoon Street

Acrylic, spray paint and stencils on cardboard

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Acrylic, spray paint and stencils on cardboard

Glory Days

Acrylic and collage on canvas

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Acrylic and collage on canvas

Happy Jungle

Acrylic and pastels on canvas

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1st Hell Circle - Limbo

Acrylic and oil sticks on canvas

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Acrylic and oil sticks on canvas
 

Faust Damnation

Acrylic sticks and charcoal on canvas

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Acrylic sticks and charcoal on canvas
 

Unmasked

Acrylic and oil sticks on canvas

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Acrylic and oil sticks on canvas
 

The Open Door

Acrylic on canvas

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Acrylic on canvas
 

Under The Red Tree

Acrylic and mixed media on canvas

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Acrylic and mixed media on canvas
 

Blue Box

Acrylic, pastels and chalk on canvas

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Acrylic, pastels and chalk on canvas
 

Ironic And Nervous

Acrylic, collage, stencils and spray paint on cardboard

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Acrylic, collage, stencils and spray paint on cardboard
 

Mao Meets Spock

Acrylic, collage and stencils on canvas

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Acrylic, collage and stencils on canvas
 

Duo

Acrylic, oil pastels and chalk on canvas

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Acrylic, oil pastels and chalk on canvas
 

7 Sins: Envy

Acrylic and oil pastels on canvas

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Acrylic and oil pastels on canvas
 

Gluttony

Acrylic and oil pastels on canvas

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Acrylic and oil pastels on canvas
 

Desolation Angel

Acrylic, wax and paper on canvas

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Acrylic, wax and paper on canvas
 

Pride

Acrylic and oil pastels on canvas

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Acrylic and oil pastels on canvas
 

Sloth

Acrylic and collage on canvas (diptych)

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Acrylic and collage on canvas (diptych)
 

Woman With The Red Hair

Acrylic and oil pastels on canvas

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Acrylic and oil pastels on canvas