Frédéric Lère studied sculpture in Carrara, Italy and at École des Beaux-Arts, Tours, France – the city where he was born. He first worked as a comics artist in Paris, and later as a muralist and theater set designer. He set up his New York studio in 1986. His paintings, watercolors and photographs have featured in many group and solo exhibitions in US and France.
In 2010, he moved his studio in the heart of the New York Garment District. There, he developed his interest in street life and cityscapes. Lately, he explored the approaches to the Lincoln Tunnel. Those paintings, along with paintings of Mohegan Lake are shown in the Kaufman Arcade lobby, 139 West 35th Street, New York, NY, from September 15 to November 15 2014.
His interest in cityscapes started in Tokyo with "17 views", watercolors painted along the elevated tracks of the Tokyo JR Line (2009) that he later turned into oil paintings and 3D models (2010). Among the "NYscapes" project: train stations along the MTA and Amtrak Hudson River Line; "Waiting with Ralph": next to the Port Authority Bus Terminal stands a statue of Jackie Gleason as Ralph Kramden, the main character of the TV series from the 50?s, the Honeymooners. He paints now and then the hundreds of people standing by the statue each day.
In the streets of New York, one can find the extraordinary:The Frivolous King Lère Show. With its Circus objects, paintings and bottles inspired by the circus, its menagerie or side-shows, the FKL Show parades from Times Square to the Garment District.