Manuel S. Franco
Hidden from the glamour of the big city lights and the metropolitan way of life is a story few will ever hear and a life few will ever know—an unlikely story that started in the Chihuahuan Desert near the tiny oasis village of Coyame, Mexico.
Manuel Socorro Franco was born to Don Tello and Soledad Juarez de Franco who mentored their children in the lessons of life and survival gathered from their own Apache and Mexican heritage. At the expense of creature comforts, Don Tello and Soledad Juarez de Franco gave their children every opportunity in education that the family could afford, and their sacrifices helped lead Franco to earn a degree in mining engineering from the University of Chihuahua. After mining for years in Mexico, Franco came to America to follow his first love, the arts, and the Franco legacy began.
The artist’s subject matter includes landscapes, portraiture and wildlife. However, he is most noted for his contributions in the United States, Canada and Mexico for his Native American, Southwestern and Western art. Franco’s works include acrylic, oil, pastel, pencil and bronze, but his favorite is watercolor as it offers the finest detail.
Franco’s diverse artistic talents—another untold story of the Southwest—compliment those who came before him and shared with him the glory and the legacy of what is today Native American, Southwestern and Western art.
Franco’s next show is the Wrangler NFR Cowboy Christmas Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, which runs December 6 to 15.
Want to See More? M.S. Franco Studio 410 N. Meredith Avenue Dumas, TX 79029 | (806) 935-2877 www.msfranco.com
Pair of Aces, oil, 27 x 39” Tranquility on the Open Plains, acrylic, 24½ x 38" Quanah Parker, bronze, ed. 7 of 10, 20"