F R A N C I S S O L L A N O is an internationally-acclaimed multi-disciplinary creative with works including sculptures, space installations, portraiture, and fashion among others. A sculptural artist, he pioneered contemporary, Trashion art in the Philippines and is known for his contemporary takes on upcycling garbage into wearable art. He creates pieces and installations made from non-toxic, non-organic industrial and residential garbage.
He is a community youth leader pushing various environmental, youth and women empowerment agenda on an international scale. A graduate of the University of the Philippines, he incorporates his love for the natural environment in his delicate handmade creations while he works with several stakeholders and governments on promoting environmental agenda. His works have been shown in major cities across the globe, London, New York, Paris, Tokyo, Singapore and Bangkok to name a few, and were featured in international design publications.
Co-founder of Youth for a Livable Cebu (YLC), he has been promoting livability and sustainability advocacies on various platforms. He makes use of YLC as a platform to expand his community works focused on the role of the youth towards nation-building and urban sustainability, flourishing beyond borders and expanding their impacts.
He is recognized by World Economic Forum as a Cultural Leader, together with U2 singer Bono, actor Kevin Spacey of House of Cards, cellist Yoyo Ma, actress Michelle Yeoh of Memoirs of a Geisha, among others. He is a member of the Global Shapers Community from the Hong Kong Hub. In 2015, he received the distinction by the British Council as an Elevate Awardee for using his creativity on various community works. He is also the latest recipient of the United Nations Environmental Program Fellowship Award as one of the Asia Pacific Leaders on sustainable design.