Featured Artist: Gina Franco
If you are a Greensboro resident, it is hard not to notice the popular selfie spot off of Davie Street. Gina Franco is quickly becoming a household name, and with good reason. She is an incredibly gifted muralist whose talent is becoming widely known around town.
Her inspiration comes from those around her, as well as Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Cindy Sherman, and Jeff Koons. All wonderfully unique artists. Her work exhibits a few characteristics of these artist. She is truly gifted.
I was graced with an interview with this incredibly gifted woman. She is enormously enthusiastic, upbeat, and personable. She is beautifyin g the community with her vibrant paintings and people are loving it. If you have been on Instagram lately, you have probably seen her work, as well as the massive response that people seem to have towards it.
When asked how she got her start in this art, she informed me that she has been teaching technology with Guilford County Schools. She painted a mural for the school and that’s when it all took off. It’s amazing that she has no formal training or background with art, but that hasn’t seemed to stop her.
Gina’s spirit and optimism definitely resonates through her street art. Vibrant colors, whimsical designs, and character certainly shows in her work. She is a key player in beautifying Downtown Greensboro. Her fans adore her and are head-over-heels in taking selfies and posting them across social media. She certainly is making a name for herself and it is easy to see why. If these last few months are any indication of what is to come, I can honestly say I am excited for what is in store.
She has work predominantly displayed around Greensboro. You can find her art in Crafted: The Art of the Taco, two installations outside of The Bearded Goat, two displayed at IRC Greensboro, and one at Westerwood Tavern. There is also a piece entitled “Sad Girl”, this is next to the “Justice for Joey” mural. So as you’re out and about keep your eyes peeled for these amazing paintings. This artist does have an instagram page, please follow, @ginaelizabethfranco .