Born in 1961 in St-Hyacinthe, CA
Resides and works in Brossard, CA

François Desnoyers graduated in 1986 from Montreal university with a BA in French literature. As a result, his work often uses literary principles as a means to develop context and images. He also graduated in 1989 from Concordia university with a BA in Studio arts, in Montreal. He is best known for his expressionist approach, dissolving the boundaries between figuration and abstraction. Desnoyers develops his themes around the concept of precarity and the notion of loss amidst our personal and collective memories. As a result, the artist often uses discarded material as support and as media for his somber paintings executed on sheets of plywood, bed posts, closet doors, old rags, linen or canvas.


1982-1986: BA in French literature at Montreal university, Canada
1986-1989: BA in Studio art at Concordia university, Montreal, Canada

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2015 "Recent Paintings", Gora gallery, Montreal, Canada
2007 "Poetry of daily life", Hall des arts, Brossard, Canada
2005 "Recent Paintings", Gora gallery, Montreal, Canada
2003 "Recent Paintings", Gora gallery, Montreal, Canada
2001 "Painting", Maison de la culture Côte-des-neiges, Montreal, Canada
2000 "Recent Paintings", Lieu Ouest gallery, Montreal, Canada

Selected Group Exhibitions

2006 Festival of Japanese & Canadian Current Art, Montreal, Canada
2006 Ourense museum, Ourense, Spain
2006 International Show of Nantes Chantenay, Nantes Chantenay, France
2004 Art Miami, Miami, USA
2003 The Affordable Art Fair, New York, USA
2002 New Art Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
2001 Galerie Lieu-Ouest, Centre Belgo, Montreal, Canada
1992 Contemporary art gallery of Montreal, Montreal, Canada

Recognition and honorary mentions

2007 Chapelle Saint-Benoit d'Argenton-sur-Creuse, Centre-Val de Loire, France, "21st exhibition of paintings and sculptures" under the patronage of the Canadian embassy and the Town Hall of Argenton - for which he received an award for his contribution to the promotion of art from Quebec on the international scene.
2006 Groupement artistique de Nantes Façade Atlantique - fédération internationale des beaux-arts, Nantes Chantenay, France, "exhibition of painting and sculpture 2006" - for which the artist received an award for his body of work.
2006 Municipal museum of Ourense, Galicia, Spain "25st exhibition of painting and sculpture 2006", under the patronage of the Canadian embassy and the Town Hall of Ourense - for which he received an award for his contribution to promote the art from Quebec.
2005 Arte Mondo, televised interview with Anita Aloisio.

Public and private collections

The Museum of Contemporary art of Montreal, Canada - (The Lavalin Collection)
Bernard Lamarre, Montreal, Canada
Joe Padulo, Naples, USA
Jo Gora, Montreal, Canada

Selected events and commissions

2005 "Desnoyers on the Roof", Gora gallery, Montreal, Canada
   - Follows an invitation to create a temporary mural on the rooof of the exhibition area.
1992 For the Sharx Pool Bar at the Faubourg Ste-Catherine in Montreal, Canada.
   - The creation of murals for the privately owned club, covering three walls of the entrance hall.
   - The creation of two large metal works commissioned for the bar area.

Press and publications

"Poésie des gestes quotidiens", Le Courrier du Sud, june 30, p.33 (2007)
Rémi Turgeon, "Recent Paintings", Gora Gallery (2003)
Luk Côté, "Peinture", La maison de la culture Côte-des-Neiges (2001)