Born in Jamaica in June 1970, the artist, sculptor and graphic designer left his native country at the age of 32. Growing up in an artistic family, Frantz studied at the Jamaica School of Art. Life seemed to be working out well for Frantz, who was later running an advertising agency as its creative director. His incredible talent - having only been introduced to sculpture in 2009 - was in perhaps part inherited from his mother, a talented painter and illustrator. Unfortunately, the LGBT community on this beautiful island nation faces significant persecution. Having witnessed the murder of friends, Frantz’s sexual orientation was behind his decision to leave Jamaica. He immigrated to Canada, a country he perceived as peaceful and where the rights of the LGBT community are respected. Canada’s diversity and multicultural population were, of course, another major draw.
Part of Frantz’ sculptural practise is doll-making which also began in 2009. The artistic activity of doll-making put him in touch with his own femininity and helped him understand his mother, with whom he had a rocky relationship. In 2008 passing by a thrift shop window, a black Barbie doll caught his attention, as it was the first one he had seen. From that day, he became a collector and a year later, more importantly, began sculpting his own dolls. That’s right, he performs all the complex steps involved, from crafting their beautiful faces, to articulation, clothing and hair. His versions, through their curvy, attractive and joyful aesthetic, personify beautiful and iconic Black Women from his youth. These women had a sense of assertiveness, strength of character and self-confidence, according to Frantz. Over the last few years, figurative sculptures have dominated his artistic production. In his Art he depicts black men and women and how they navigate and contribute to a white society and culture. One of his major works was part of the 2017 annual retrospective at the Al Green Sculpture Studio School in Toronto. Western Foundation, a mixed-media sculpture, portrays a black woman carrying the weight of the western civilization, represented by a group of bird-houses, on her shoulders. This imagery evokes the historical burden put on black women by the society. An avid reader with a curious mind, his perception of his adoptive country is well thought out. He wants Canadians to be cognizant of the fact that they live under the rule of law where privileges are experienced daily. He refers to safety, crime control, the respect of human rights, justice, the public healthcare system and the opportunity to develop quality social networks. According to him, the lessons of the past must, however, remain in the consciousness of those in charge of public education. For Frantz, teaching the consequences of colonialism and the treatment of Indigenous peoples is crucial. It is always important to reinforce the principles of respect for ethnic groups and mutual cooperation.