Pittsburgh Artist Registry

Francis Cleetus

Francis Cleetus

Artistic Category Artist
Career Level Professional
Experienced With Teaching engagements, Public art, Lectures, Leading workshops, For-hire services, Commissions, Collaboration

To me, life isn’t always about the big picture. It’s about the little bits. It’s about those elusive moments that slip through the cracks. It’s about those deceptively insignificant thoughts, emotions and feelings that leave an impression. And occasionally, show up on a notepad, canvas, driftwood or laptop.

I try to interpret those tiny glimpses of life's simple yet unique moments through my contemporary paintings, drawings, cartoons and sculptures. All inspired by my real life experiences with people from all walks of life across the three countries I was fortunate enough to live in - India, Hong Kong and the US.

Francis Cleetus started drawing and painting at a very early age. His Asian-Indian parents weren’t thrilled, expecting to see him in scrubs instead of overalls. He reluctantly got a degree in chemistry (he wasn't left-brained enough to be a surgeon) and started working at a tire factory. Just months later, Francis quit and joined an ad agency. Over the next two decades, he worked as an art director at ad agencies in India, Hong Kong and the US and won lots of creative awards. His parents weren’t thrilled this time around, either. Along the way, he also stumbled on his own voice as a designer, painter, cartoonist and sculptor.

Francis lives with his wife Maneesha and two daughters in Pittsburgh, PA and works out of his basement studio. He has created ad campaigns for Nike, cartoons for the Pittsburgh Tech Council’s TEQ magazine, ceiling murals for the Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens and paintings/sculptures for art shows around the world. But he still hasn't figured out why his wife prefers mauve over lilac.


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15241



  • Sculpture
  • Public Art
  • Painting
  • Internet
  • Illustration
  • Drawing


  • Acrylic
  • Acrylic paint
  • Black & white
  • Cartoon
  • Carving
  • Computer generated
  • Conceptual
  • Cultural
  • Ethnic
  • Experimental
  • Mural
  • Paper
  • Pen
  • Surreal
  • Wood
  • Woodcut