Francene Keery was born in New York City. Her playground was the international culture of museums, libraries, theater, cinema and friendships with experimental artists.
Reading US Camera 1947 during her adolescence, she sensed the emotional power photography had in portraying people and their way of life. Her desire to learn from the great masters led to studying the archives of MoMA. She subsequently received a Master of Fine Arts/Photography from the University of Antioch, 1982.
During the 80's and 90's she photographed for the Village Voice, NY Times, NY Post, NY Times Magazine, Art Forum and Film Culture Magazines. She has been honored with grants from the Polaroid Corporation, New York and Brooklyn Arts Councils, Ruth Chevron Foundation and a Fulbright scholarship to photograph in Mexico. Her images have been exhibited in galleries and museums and are part of the collections of the Polaroid Corporation, Pfizer Corporation, Chase Bank, International Center of Photography, UNICEF, and the Centro de Artes Visuales/Museo del Barro in Paraguay. She has taught photography and writing workshops in NYC, Mexico and Paraguay.
She has exhibited extensively in Paraguay at El Museo del Barro, Galería Fabrica, Verónica Torres Galería, the Cultural Centers of: Spain, United States, Citibank, La Manzana de la Rivera and participated in the first Biennial of Asunción in 2015. Francene has won several photographic awards, most recently in 2016 first place in an internationally juried contest of El Ojo Salvaje photography group, for her essay "Retratadas desde Adentro" on the inmates in the women’s prison of Asunción.
She has resided in Paraguay since 2002, dedicating her time to the creation of photographic and audiovisual projects.