"FRANC PALAIA is a multi media artist living and working in Rhinebeck NY. I work in several media which include, photography, murals,
sculpture, artist's books, functional art, and illuminated mixed media works incorporating a variety of materials.
This website will inform you of these varied works as well as familiarize you with my biographical background. I also work independently
as a curator, educator, signmaker, TV producer and musician. All the artworks here are available for purchase and commissions for
public art are appreciated. To purchase or commission a project get in touch with me at the contact button".
This profile article is from the June issue of MAIN STREET Magazine by CB Wismar. It includes my background on how
and why I became an artist and discusses the many different phases of my career. Such as my first art class in
kindergarten, my early attempts at sign-painting and how it brought me to mural painting, my sculpture, curating, public
art, travels to Cuba and 25 other countires, and photography.
SHADOWMAN, a new documentary film by Oren Jacoby. The 90 feature film follows the pioneer street
artist, Richard Hambleton from his early days from when he first arrived in NYC from Vanvouver Canada.
He began painting black shadow figures all over Soho, Tribeca and the East Village during the cover of
darkness. He painted hundreds of them and they scared the daylights out of passersby. Franc Palaia, of
Rhinebeck, was the first person to photograph this important street art series and has 30 of his shadow
photographs in the Shadowman film. Shadowman was screened at he Tribeca Film Festival last year to
rave reviews. My book, NightLife, the Shadow Paintings of Richard Hambleton, chronicles over 75 of
these shadow paintings. Signed copies of the full color book are available for $25.plus shipping. Contact
Franc at Francpalaia1@gmail.com for more information about the book and film screenings of
Shadowman in the Hudson Valley. The director Oren Jacoby and Franc Palaia will be at the screenings to
introduce the film.
I have several large Shadowman photos included in a group memorial show on Richrd Hambleton at ACA
GALLERIES - 529 W. 20 st, Chelsea, NY until Sept 2018. for more info contact me at 845-516-4758. These
photos are from my book on Hambleton's shadow painting he did in NYC and Europe. The book is NightLife.
available from the artist- $25. signed and tax included.
The Historic Hyde Park mural measures 12’x 50’ and celebrates the many important historic sites in this
small Dutchess County town, the hometown of FDR. The mural imagery includes, the FDR Library and
Museum, (the first presidential Library in the USA), the Vanderbilt Mansion, the iconic Eveready Diner sign,
Val-Kill, Eleanor Roosevelt’s House and Museum, the popular Farmer’s Market, The annual Fourth of July
parade, St. James Chapel, the FDR commissioned Post Office, the Culinary Institute of America and the
Hyde ParkDrive-In theatre, one of the few remaining and operating Drive-Ins in America. Along the bottom
of the mural are yellow daffodils and flowers that bloom every Spring along Route 9 through most of the
Mural location - Route 9 and Pinewoods Rd