Nanci France-Vaz



"As a painter, my greatest desire is to express the human condition of strong women from past myths, poems, and classic tales using contemporary concepts and subjects. In a socially detached world, my intention is to draw an emotional response from the viewer by evoking my subject's psychological moments and mood in the environment. As human beings, we have many layers, past and present patterns that are constantly moving from one form or idea into another." - Nanci France-Vaz


Nanci France-Vaz is an Allegorical Realist using symbolism to create visual stories on canvas. France-Vaz draws inspiration from the Pre-Raphaelite and Naturalist periods of art, poetry, and classic literature. She combines her strong foundation in life painting with imaginative backgrounds fusing classical with contemporary realism. 

The most recent paintings are from The Bohemian Spirits and the Femme Fatale series. The painting’s concepts are based on classical literature and poetry, and film introducing a modern subject or twist to the story. These series combine hope, spiritual beliefs, and the human condition of women. Most of her models are professional musicians, artists, actors, and dancers because of their passion and creative connection. The spiritual, the mystical, and the mythical have underlying tones and meanings left for the beholder to ponder and engage psychologically. Her study of lighting and movement, through acting, dance, and theater is the catalyst for creating a still image from a cinematic process.  France-Vaz's patterns of life express a life experience or moment of thought in time. 

France-Vaz is the recipient of many notable awards, such as the Len G. Everett Memorial Award, the Joseph Hartley Memorial Award, International ARC Salon, and The Artists Choice Award for Gateway International Contest. She has exhibited her work in group exhibitions in notable galleries such as Abend Gallery in Denver, CO, 5x5 Project, Enigma Group Exhibit, Lovett's Gallery in Tulsa OK, Principle Gallery in Charleston, SC, OPA National, and Eastern Regional Eisele Gallery in Cincinnati OH, Allied Artists of America Annual Exhibit, Salmagundi Club, NYC. France-Vaz had solo exhibitions at Swains Gallery, Plainsfield NJ

Ms France-Vaz is represented by Lovett’s Gallery


2021- ModPortrait 2021- 8th Annual Exhibition, Finalist, MEAM Museum, Barcelona
2021- ARC Salon 15th Annual Exhibit-, Finalist in Figurative and Imaginative Realism
2021- Radical Botanicals Exhibit, Lovetts Gallery, Tulsa, Ok
2020- IGOR 15th Annual Exhibit, Principle Gallery, Charleston, SC
2020- Small Works Exhibition, Lovetts Gallery, Tulsa, OK 
2020- Duets Exhibition, Lovetts Gallery, Tulsa, Ok
2019- Enigma Exhibition, Lovetts Gallery, Tulsa, Ok
2019- Abend Gallery 5x5 Project, Denver, Co
2019- Open Painting, Sculpture, graphics Open Non-member Exhibit 1st place oils, Salmagundi Club, NY 
2019- ARC Finalist Figurative Category
2019- Allied Artists of America, Finalist, Salmagundi Club
2018- Gallery at Zhou B Art, Artsy Online Gallery, featured artists
2018-2 8th Annual Holiday Miniature show, Abend Gallery, Denver, Co
2018- The Artist Choice Award, Gateway International Competition
2018- Top Finalist Gateway International Competition
2018- Allied Artists of America 105th Annual Juried Exhibit, Salmagundi Club NYC
2018- Gateway International Competition, the Artists Choice Award
2017- Boldbrush Painting Contest March, April/July?September/October FAV15% finalist
2017- ARC 13th Annual Salon, finalist Figurative Category
2017- Rhapsodies of Life, Solo exhibit, Swains Gallery, Plainfiled, NJ
2017- 9th Annual Figurative Exhibit, Lore Degenstein Gallery, Selinsgrove, Pa 
2017- Oil Painters of America National Exhibit, Finalist, Eisele Gallery, Cincinnati, Oh
2016- Allied Artists of America 103 Annual Show, Len G Everett Memorial Award, NY
2016- PSOA finalist  Out of the Box & Non Commissioned Portrait
2016- ARC Salon 2016, Finalist
2016- OPA Eastern Regional Exhibit, Finalist, Eisele Gallery, Cincinnati, Oh
2016- Bold Brush Painting contest Fav Top 15%
2016- HVAA Annual Juried Show finalist, Salmagundi Club, NYC
2015- Catherine Lorillard Wolfe 119th Annual Juried Show, National Arts Club, NYC
2015- American Artists Professional League 87th Grand National Show, Salmagundi NYC
2015- American Woman Artists, finalist, Juried Show
2015- Bold Brush Painting contest top 15 FAV
2015- Francesca Anderson Fine Art Gallery, Annual Portrait Exhibit
2014- AAPL 86th Grand National Show, The Colonel George J Morales Award 
2014- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum, Portrait of Lloyd Price, Cleveland, Ohio
2014- Women Painting Women International Exhibit, Principle Gallery, Charleston, SC
2013- AAPL Annual Juried Show, John Collins Memorial Award
2013- Women Painting Women Exhibit, Gallery U, Westfield, NJ
2013- Allied Artists of America 100th Anniversary Exhibit, finalist, National Arts Club, NY
2012- Love and Observed Group Exhibit, Hersch Fine Art Gallery, Salon Catalog Cover
2012- Art Renewal Center International Salon 2011-2012, finalist in Figurative Category
2011- Art Renewal Center International Salon 2010-2011, finalist in Figurative Category
2011- ACOPAL National Juried Show, Top 100 finalists USA
2009- Huntington Arts “Masters Show”, 3 Man Show, Petite Gallery, Huntington, NY
2009- Huntington Arts Fall Juried show, Best in Show, Petite Gallery, Huntington, NY
2009- Portrait Society of America 2009, 3rd place, Members Showcase

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