Billy Gerard Frank

Billy Gerard Frank, born in Grenada, West Indies, is an Artist, Filmmaker, Production  Designer, Educator, and founder of Nova Frontier Film Festival & Lab, which showcases and incubates the works of filmmakers and artists from and about the  Global African Diaspora, The Middle East, Latin America. He is also a Lecturer in  Directing and Design in the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale and has lectured at universities like NYU, the School of Visual Arts, and York University. He is one of the artists in the collective representing Grenada in the 59th La Biennale di Venezia  (2022) and also represented the island at 58th La Biennale di Venezia (2019). 


Frank's research-based practices interrogate issues dealing with migration, race, exile,  global politics, post-colonial, and queer decoloniality, challenging normative  discourses around them. His mix-media artworks and films have been exhibited and  screened in group and solo shows in museums and institutions like Brooklyn Museum  (2020); Yale, and international film festivals like the Berlinale, and Sundance, and is also in several private collections and institutions like the National Academy Museum of Fine Arts and Design, among others. 


He moved to London as a teenager, where he began painting and exploring  experimental video art and installation before moving to New York to pursue further  studies in studio art at ateliers like The Art Students League of New York, and The  National Academy of Fine Arts and studied under the American abstract expressionist  and realist painter John Hultberg, and was John's studio assistant for 5 years where he was introduced to artists like Robert Rauschenberg. He continued his studies in  filmmaking and media arts at The New School for Social Research. 

He lives between Grenada, Brooklyn NY, and Paris.