I moved to New York from Venezuela in 1993 to follow my desire to study acting at the Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler schools. Soon after I arrived, I realized that in order to study acting here I had to be able to speak English. I put my dreams on pause and went to an English as a second language school instead.
My love for acting began in Venezuela when I was 7 years old. I was the youngest member of a political theater company, and acting was all I wanted to do. It was there that I was also exposed to the artistry of make-up, which later turned into a professional detour and my passport to extensive world travel.
I collaborated as make-up artist with some of the most celebrated people in fashion, and art photography, for magazines including British, Italian and French Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, W Magazine, Allure, ID Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, and the legendary The Face.
I know the importance of creating a space for trust, where actors and models can relax, feel nurtured, beautiful, vulnerable, and strong. I have helped transform the faces and personas of Tilda Swinton, Marisa Tomei, Jennifer Connelly, Sandra Bullock, Jake Gyllenhaal, Linda Evangelista, Kate Moss, Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Isabella Rossellini and many others.
Working side by side with “masters” on set, such as Patrick Demarchelier, Terry Richardson, Edward Enninful, Emmanuelle Alt, Tonne Goodman, Andres Serrano, Mary Ellen Mark and my dearest, the legendary Oribe Canales, my first agent in New York, who insisted I should use my real name, Francisco, instead of Frank, the way everyone called me until then. I was exposed to the way they execute their work, it refined my eye for beauty, fashion styling, character, hairdressing, lighting, set design, directing and of course photography. In fact it was photography that lured me away from make up.
I began to photograph real people on the streets of New York City, connecting with their emotions, glimpsing their lives, creating intimacy in public places. Some of this work was shown in NYC galleries, and as part of a Magnum Photography master class, where I was awarded Best Photo for 2014, by judges Jim Goldberg, Alec Soth, and Mark Power.
All of these experiences inform my photography practice. My goal is to help you get the call.