Manuel S. Franco

Western Art Collector - - ARTIST FOCUS -

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"

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