Francis Baker is a self-taught artist working with alternative process photography, painting, and sculpture. In 1994, Francis began exhibiting his artwork in Chicago, IL. National exhibits in Miami, Santa Fe, and San Francisco, as well as, international exhibits in Paris and Switzerland followed. Born in WI, Francis Baker was adopted into a working-class family. Baker was raised to believe his nationality was Syrian. As an adult, his birth mother contacted him and said the adoption agency made a mistake. She told him that he is Sicilian. Years later, when she passed, he discovered his birth father was indeed a first-generation Syrian immigrant. This ‘identity mixup’ formed the basis of his artistic investigations into factors that shape one’s core beliefs. Themes of social justice, inequity, homelessness, and mental health are key subjects. His recent series concerns environmental justice, degradation, and extinction-level events caused by the anthropocene.
In 2018, he received the fellowship residency award at The Image Flow, in Mill Valley, to continue developing his unique process of gum bichromate on panel. In 2019, he received a fellowship to the KALA Art Institute and in 2020 his work was included at the De Young Museum. Francis Baker’s work has been featured in Divergents Magazine, De Young Museum’s Fine Arts Magazine, Diffusion X published by One Twelve. Baker’s work on the homeless crisis is collected, along with poems from homeless mothers, into an anthology cal