Faces of SOMArts—Diedre DeFranceaux

Getting to know artist Diedre DeFranceaux

What Bay Area neighborhood do you call home?
West Oakland.

What brings you to SOMArts Cultural Center?
I am painting a set for “Last Night of the Barbary Coast.”

Describe the most enjoyable part of your experience at SOMArts today.
Everyone has been so great and I enjoy working with the community.

Which artist (painter, photographer, performer, writer…etc.) would you most like to have dinner with and why?
Niki de Saint Phalle & Antonio Gaudi.  I love her Tarot Garden and all of his whimsical architecture, and I have been looking to their work for inspiration lately.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
I would want the power to heal illness and pain—it seems the most useful and direct.