Exhibition at the Vence Museum from the 21rst of January to the 21rst of May 2017, 2 place du Frêne, 06140 Vence, open everyday except Monday, from 11am to 6pm, fee : 6 €.
Frantisek Mertl known as Franta is attracted by the others and their sufferings when he paints and sculpts. His curiosity begins during his childhood in Moravia where he improves the political problems before and after the World War II. Franta follows artistic studies first at the Brno Fine - Arts Academy (1948) and after at the Prague Fine - Arts Academy. He decides in 1958 to run away to the West for being and staying a free artist.
He participates to the first exhibition of the New Figuration movement organized by the art critic Gérard Gassiot - Talabot entitled "Daily mythologies" (1964). Franta doesn't want to become a member of a movement who wants to stop the growing of the abstract art and to introduce politics inside art. His purpose is to discover the countries (Spain, Greece, Yougoslavia, Japan,...) and their inhabitants. Among these countries Africa plays an important part. Franta paints large canvas with sand colors without any human being. Franta improves also a strong feeling for black Africa (Mali, Niger, Senegal, Kenya, Gambia) because it reveals us the origins of our civilization.