Francis Palazzolo is an artist that shakes-up the high-degree of cultural polarization to mend social alienation. He puts this idea into action by navigating uncommon points of view and shifting the power of representation. Palazzolo activates audiences, combines disciplines, facilitates collaborations, blurs genres, mixes mediums and organizes interactive meetings. He implements this practice in solo shows, group exhibits, curated projects, and residencies at treatment centers. Currently, two projects are running. As the artist-in-residence at three temporary emergency shelters in the Bronx, Palazzolo is in the production of “Reflective Transitions,” a collaborative project with the residents. The second, at his studio in Manhattan, he is in the production of “Their We Go Transitioning” a series of paintings that include reflective materials, bandages and oil paint on canvas. From 1994 to 2016, Palazzolo founded and facilitated a participatory art studio and gallery for adults who confront social marginalization. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and sculpture at School of Visual Arts in 1984, and his Master of Arts at New York University’s Gallatin School of Independent Study in 2000, with a double major in Fine Art and Philosophy. His advisor was Bruce Ferguson, Dean of the School of Arts, Columbia University.