"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".
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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 $20.plus shipping.  Contact Franc at Francpalaia1@gmail 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.
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 ParkDriv e-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 town. Mural location,- Route 9 and Pinewoods Rd.