Josephine DeFrancis is a contemporary artist born in Kansas City. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Parsons School of Design, NYC. Josephine graduated with her MFA in Studio Art in 2005. Her paintings have been included in numerous exhibitions in New York City and across the United States. Most notably she was the youngest winner of the Curator’s Choice Award in 2003 sponsored by the New York non-profit arts organization Artists Talk On Art. She presented her work to the public at the ATOA awards panel and exhibited at the prestigious Stefan Stux Gallery in Chelsea, NYC. In August of 2008 she was honored as an inductee to the Cambridge Who’s Who of Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs, recognizing her excellence as a visual artist.
Her artwork has been seen around the country in galleries such as Stefan Stux, NYC; Ashawagh Hall, East Hampton, NY; White Box, NYC; A.I.R. Gallery, NYC; AWOL Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; 31 Grand Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Neo Studios, NYC; FAB Gallery, Chicago; University of Hawaii; Byron Cohen Gallery of Contemporary Art, Kansas City; Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City; Kansas City Artists Coalition; The Mojo Collection, among many others. Her artwork is in numerous private collections from India, Austria, Denmark, New York, Pennsylvania, Kansas City, Florida, and California. Two notable New York collectors include the former editor of “The Daily Show with John Stewart” and public artist Brian Tolle.
Josephine currently lives and works in Hamilton, NJ with her husband, 2 sons, and daughter.
Josephine's materials are dictated by the individual work she creates. They range from paintings on canvas or paper to collages with found objects and images. Generally an abstract background is painted in acrylic and the images emerge and create layers. Materials include acrylic paint, oil paint, glitter, watercolor, gouache, ink, chalk pastel, graphite, as well as random found objects. Her most recent series uses seashells, coral, driftwood, and remnants from nature.