Francisco Molina Reyes II is a Nuyorican visual artist, first-generation born in the Bronx and raised in East Harlem (El Barrio), NYC. His formal study of B&W Photography began while attending Hunter College in 1973 as an intern with Harlem photo-documentarian Shawn Walker .
From 1975-80, Francisco resided and worked in various sectors of the Bronx developing skills as a "street photographer." His passion for R&B and Salsa eventually immersed him into the whole Latin Music scene as a writer and photographer. His reviews, interviews and stills of celebrities, musicians and performances at concert halls and clubs throughout New York City have appeared in various publications and periodicals, including: El Coqui Magazine (Long Island), Latin New York Magazine (NYC), Fama Magazine (NJ), Latino News (NYC), New York Latino (NYC), NY Newsday, NY Daily News, NY Post and El Diario/La Prensa (NYC). He also served as Music Editor for Latin NY Magazine (1980-82), before relocating to pursue a career in Broadcast News Production in the Southern Tier of New York.
While living in the Southern Tier, Francisco founded MAMBOSO NUYOTOPIA Archives, created the website MAMBOSO.NET, and developed the on-line module "PEARL PRIMUS (A Tribute to Dance)." During his residency in the State of Oregon, Francisco created the module "SALSA MEETS JAZZ (A Tribute to the Original Series)." SMJ features actual audio recordings of performances by various Jazz and Latin artists, along with a collection of his photos from that period.
In 2007, after a 20-year career as a Broadcast News Editor in New York, New Jersey and Florida, Francisco returned to photography as both a visual artist and a cultural documentarian. He launched the photoblog MAMBOSO NUYOTOPIA (Formerly NUYORICAN PhotoBlog) where he continues to post current photographs of New York City street scenes and photo-documentation of events within the Latino and Hip Hop community regularly. His work has since appeared in the NYU literary journal, Black Renaissance Noire (Spring 2008), En Foco's Nueva Luz (Vol 17, No.1), the New York Daily News (2012), The New York Times | LENS (2012), The HUFFPOST NEW YORK - Huffington Post (2013), TIME | LightBox (2013), Le Journal de la Photographie | La Lettre (2011), HUE Magazine (FIT 2015), and The Mott-Haven Journal (2012).
In 2011, Francisco was a participant of the "DIA" Exhibition at the prestigious NYPH'11 Festival. As a result, he, along with seven others, were entered into the US Congressional Record in honor of their photo-documentation of the Puerto Rican / Latino community.
Francisco is a member of "Seis Del Sur" - a collective of six Nuyorican photographers formed in 2011. After two years of planning, "Seis Del Sur: Dispatches from Home by Six Nuyorican Photographers” premiered January 19, 2013 at the Bronx Documentary Center in New York. The exhibition was one of the most anticipated events in recent Bronx history. The opening drew huge crowds and received extensive local and international media coverage. Two more exhibits by the collective have since followed: "Sin Limites" (2014) opened at the Bronx Music Heritage Center; and "Barrios" (2015) currently at NYU's King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center in New York.
Francisco currently lives in The Bronx, NY.
"The Exile of Innocence" (1970 thru 1980) -- a collection of B/W film images taken throughout the South Bronx and East Harlem areas (previewed at BronxArtSpace Gallery, 2010)
"Nuyorican in Paradise" (2008 - open) -- a treatise about one man's journey through the island of Puerto Rico
"Invisible Man" (2013 - present) -- a series of digital images echoing Ralph Ellison's book by the same name (premiered at the Seis Del Sur "Sin Limites" and "Barrios" Exhibitions.
AFRO BLUE: Visions from the Chant (Limited-Edition, Mambóso Nuyotópia Archives, 2015) by Francisco Molina Reyes II -- A collection of prose and poetry reflecting the Nuyorican/African Diasporan rhythmic experience. (More info)
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