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About Marica Quartuccia

Marica Quartuccia is a visual artist, who lives and works in Marseille, France. She now spends a significant amount of time in Boston since her children and grandchildren moved here 12 years ago. Over the past twenty years, Marica has participated in numerous exhibitions in France, Brazil, Spain, and the United States. She considers painting as a political act—a way to agitate against injustice and to push us to take action against the status quo.

Artist Statement

By representing the unknown African heroes who strive, and often risk their lives daily to ensure the respect of human dignity, I want to pay tribute to the sacred nature of their remarkable deeds, which preserve and enrich humanity.

What matters is not for the painting to be beautiful but for it to accomplish what it was made for, that is to denounce injustice and show the incredible resilience and strength of those who fight it and dare to challenge the status quo. In the Egyptian civilization, the sculptor was the one who “kept alive.” Painting became the representation of sacred characters. In the same way, to me, the purpose of painting is to “keep alive” the often unknown heroes who tirelessly try to improve the lives of others in their community, in spite of hardship their face. To me, their lives are sacred and my work celebrates them with the hope that they will inspire others to action.

Exhibiting at the French Cultural Center was an obvious thing to do for two reasons. First, my paintings often depict characters in French-speaking countries. Second, the Center incarnates a bridge between the past, the present, and the future. The past because France is where I live and where I have developed as an artist. The present, since my kids have settled in the new world and in this city of Boston that is emblematic of US history and culture. The future, as I hope my work will help understand the importance of art in agitating against injustice and pushing us to take action against the status quo to help address the pressing social challenges that we face.

Celebrating le mois de la Francophonie

La Francophonie is a vibrant and dynamic language community shared by some 274 million speakers. From Africa to America, French is spoken on five continents and is the second most learned language after English. With more than 60,000 words, it is an international language of communication used by 80 states and governments. In the United States, the number of Francophones is estimated at 11 million and nearly 13 million Americans report having a French, French-Canadian, or Acadian ethnic origin. The majority of Franco-Americans are concentrated in New England as well as in Louisiana. French, a rich and international language!


La Francophonie c’est une communauté de langue vivante et dynamique partagée par quelques 274 millions de locuteurs et présente sur 5 continents. De l’Afrique à l’Amérique, le français et l’anglais sont les seules langues parlées sur les cinq continents, et le français est la 2ème langue la plus apprise après l’anglais. Avec plus de 60 000 mots, c’est une langue de communication internationale utilisée par 80 États et gouvernements. Aux États-Unis, on estime que le nombre de francophones s’élève à 11 millions de personnes et près de 13 millions d’Américains déclarent avoir une origine ethnique française, canadienne-française ou acadienne. La majorité des Franco-Américains se concentre en Nouvelle-Angleterre ainsi qu’en Louisiane. Le français, une langue riche et internationale !

Upcoming Events

Author Talk

Live from France with Award-Winning Author Janet Skeslien Charles

Virtual Author Talk with a New York Times bestselling author

Saturday, September 25, 2021 10:00 AM To 11:00 AM

Lovers of Paris, join us for an interview with award-winning author Janet Skeslien Charles, who will discuss her last book The Paris Library!

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Health & Fitness

Barre en français: September Sessions

Exercise your body and your vocabulary online!

Monday, September 27, 2021 9:00 AM To 10:00 AM

Improve your health and your vocabulary during our online barre classes in French!

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Monday, September 27, 2021 5:30 PM To 6:30 PM

Join us in reading L'Élégance du hérisson by Muriel Barbery for the library's book club en français!

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