Aesthetic Register of Covert Forces series
2017 – ongoing
25 x 21 inches
Acrylic on canvas
Francisco Masó (b. 1988 Havana, Cuba) is a Cuban-born, AfroLatinx visual artist living and working in Miami. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Stage Design from the Instituto Superior de Arte(2014). He also graduated from both Behavior Art School (2009), led by Tania Bruguera, and the San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts (2007). Masó’s work delves into the contemporary understanding of “unconscious behaviors” and challenges what is accepted by society as natural, necessary, and normal. As a socially engaged artist, he examines the concept of power and the relationships between blackness, civil rights, and the police system through a personal lens.
Recent solo exhibitions include Who Kills Ai Weiwei? at Dimensions Variable (2022), Where’s Your Favorite Place for Political Art at Home? at Locust Projects (2021) and Dimensions Variable (2020). Selected group exhibitions include Under the Florida Sun: South Florida Cultural Consortium Visual and Media Artists at Florida Atlantic University (2021), Where there is Power at Oolite Arts (2021), A.I.M Biennial. South Florida. (2020), and Time for Change: Art and Social Unrest in the Jorge M. Pérez Collection at El Espacio 23 (2019). He was nominated for the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant (2020). He is a 2022 recipient of the Hayama Artist Residency. He received the Oolite Arts’ Home + Away residency at Atlantic Center for the Arts (2020) and at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center (2022). Maso is a two-time finalist of the Cintas Foundation Fellowship in Visual Arts, a 2022 and 2020 Ellies Creator Award winner by Oolite Arts, a 2021 South Florida Cultural Consortium grant recipient, and a 2022 Artist in Residence in Everglades (AIRIE) Fellow.