Frances Marin is a visual artist and illustrator living in San Jose, CA. The mysterious nature of life, both real and imagined, lead her to explore everyday familiarities, dreams, memory, the subconscious and humor in her work. These ideas are explored primarily through drawing and painting with water media. Recurring themes include escape, nature, our preoccupation with objects and the absurdity of life. Her art has been exhibited in the US and Spain and lives in homes in the US and around the world including New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Canada, Mexico and throughout Europe. 

She has worked on illustration projects for Casper, Chromatic Coffee, Content Magazine and Washington Square Magazine.

For available originals and prints shop here.  For commissions and inquiries, including illustration or teaching, please use this form to get in touch. To stay up-to-date, subscribe to this monthly newsletter or follow on Instagram at @francesmarin.

 

 

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PRESS/PUBLICATIONS

Featured in BBC News article Women Who Draw

Interview with Content Magazine

 

UPCOMING SHOWS & WORKSHOPS

4/22  Watercolor Workshop at The Dancing Cat

8/4    Burlingame Library Exhibition

 

SELECTED SOLO AND TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2016  

People, Places, Things, The Arsenal, San Jose, CA

2014  

Linea de Costa exhibit at Espacio de Creación Contemporánea (ECCO), Cádiz, Spain

To what do I owe this pleasure? Chromatic Coffee Co., Santa Clara, CA

2013  

Lay Low, Seeing Things Gallery, San Jose, CA

Frances Marin, Delta Workshop, Sacramento, CA

2011  

Paperhouse, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, San Jose, CA

2011  

This Never Happened, The Usuals, San Jose, CA

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016   

ME/DIUM, Space B, San Jose, CA opens November 10th

New Attitudes, Empire Seven Studios, San Jose, CA opens Friday, October 14th

Anne & Mark's Art Party, San Jose, CA

Pairs, Empire Seven Studios, San Jose, CA

Not a Lemon, Scott Ellsworth Gallery at Alite Designs, San Francisco, CA

Spirit of Shokunin, Empire Seven Studios, San Jose, CA

Art Splurge, Morris Graves Art Museum, Eureka, CA

100 Day Project, Seeing Things Gallery, San Jose, CA

Screaming Hand 30th Anniversary Show, Empire Seven Studios, San Jose, CA

2015  

Eye Tea, Citadel Gallery, San Jose, CA

Collector, Berkeley, CA

Eat Your Heart Out, Studios on the Park, Paso Robles, CA

2014  

Wouldn't It Be Nice, Seeing Things Gallery, San Jose, CA

It's Not Your Birthday Anymore, Seeing Things Gallery, San Jose, CA

Shelter, A Dual Exhibition Group Show at Citadel Gallery and Works Gallery, San Jose, CA

2013    

Vital, The Usuals, San Jose, CA

Avant Garden, The Armory, San Jose, CA

2012    

Hark!, Kaleid Gallery, San Jose, CA

Papergirl, Incline Gallery, San Francisco, CA

San Jose Creatives, Kaleid Gallery, San Jose, CA

Valley Go Home, The Uptown, Oakland, CA

US, The Usuals, San Jose, CA

Avant Garden, The Armory, San Jose, CA

VII, Black & Brown, San Jose, CA

PMS (Personal Made Space), Empire Seven Studios, San Jose, CA

 

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Fine Art, Pictorial Art, San Jose State University, 2006

Master of Library and Information Science, San Jose State University, 2010

 

RESIDENCIES

Linea de Costa Artist Residency at Espacio de Creación Contemporánea (ECCO), Cádiz, Spain, November 2014

 

GRANTS, AWARDS & HONORS

San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs' Creative Industries Incentive Fund grant through the Center for Cultural Innovation, 2016

Creative Capacity Fund grant, Center for Cultural Innovation, 2015

Live painting winner at Cinequest Film Festival, 2015

Arts Council Silicon Valley, Artist Enrichment Grants, 2007-2011- teaching artist grants to work with at-risk preschool children and at-risk teens, including at the juvenile hall for girls in San Jose

Randall Sadler Visual Art Scholarship, San Jose State University, 2006

Helen Dooley Visual Art Scholarship, San Jose State University, 2006

 

TEACHING

Community School of Music and Arts faculty, Mountain View, CA, 2013-2015

Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship Program Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA, August 2014

Arts Council Silicon Valley (now Silicon Valley Creates), Teaching Artist Grants, 2006-2011

Marvegos Fine Art School studio teacher, 2006-2008

 

SELECTED WORKSHOPS & EVENTS

SoFA Sketch - free monthly community sketch night, Downtown San Jose, CA July 2015-present

Watercolor workshops, The Dancing Cat, San Jose, CA Fall 2016

Color Night for Content Magazine's ContentLAB, July 2016

Dream Interpreting, The Snooze Bar for Casper, San Francisco, CA, June 2015

Watercolor workshop, Cabaret Event at UC Hastings College of the Law (private), San Francisco, CA, January 2015

Marbling workshop, Yelp Elite Holiday Party (private), San Jose, CA, December 2013

Block printing workshop at Delta Workshop, Sacramento, CA, September 2013

Various creative workshops for San Jose Public Library 2006-2009