Frankie Tran

Art and Wellness Department Head, Teacher/Mentor

For as long as he can remember, Frankie has been both nomadic & artistic, in varying levels throughout his life.

In his younger years, his sneakers had taken him to 3 Elementary Schools, 2 Middle Schools and 3 High Schools, all in search for an education system that would ignite his passion. These schools were in varying places in the country such as Southern California, Michigan and Northern California.

His earliest memory of being artistic were the days his mother doubled as a babysitter for him during her shift as a nurse. Feeling incredibly bored in this situation, he gathered paper, pens and highlighters to create his own comic books, some as long as 20 pages! Here, he created fantastic stories in an attempt to mimic his favorite illustrators at the time, including Stephen Gammell, Jim Lee, Jae Lee, and Todd McFarlane.

In September of 2014, Frankie had work selected for his first ever Exhibition in Hayward, CA for the Hayward Area Historical Society’s Day of the Dead Exhibition. He followed up these exhibitions in Early-2015 with a Group Exhibition at California State University East Bay Hayward called [un]human and his own Senior Exhibition All Guts, No Glory in February of 2015. In March of 2015, he earned his BA in Pictorial Arts at California State East Bay Hayward. Since then he has exhibited work in galleries as far as Roseville, CA with his most recent Exhibition coming in July of 2015 at Marin MOCA’s Summer National Juried Exhibition in Novato, CA, which was curated by Nancy Meyer, Curatorial Assistant at the Los Angeles County Museum of Contemporary Art.

In his free time, Frankie enjoys attending concerts representing his wide-range of musical tastes including Heavy Metal, Punk Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Pop and Motown. He also enjoys hiking through Mt. Tamalpais & Muir Woods as well as taking sporadic road trips to Santa Cruz, CA.

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