About Francois Desnoyers
I am a self-taught artist, mainly because I was about tree years old when I started to lose myself into drawing. As a curious little boy, I quickly got interested in art because my parents had a nice library filled with many art books. I was fascinated by all the images I found in these books, so I started copying them. That exercise soon thought me a lot about drawing, of course, but also about space, balance, movement and the depth of emotion that can occur through the struggle between shadow and light. It was then that I began to think of myself as an artist. Along the way, I discovered all kinds of aspects in which beauty could take form. These were my first interactions with the world of art, the beginning of a beautiful relationship. Then, in my late teens, I undertook studies in French literature instead of Visual arts because I was bad at writing (I loved reading). I was convinced that literature was an art form that could help me see more clearly the creatures I was supposed to produce in the future. This was followed by a bachelor’s degree in Studio art at Concordia University where I met Jean McEwen who had a noticeable influence on my output of that period. Later on, I read something called “A Brief History of Time”, which added yet another layer to my interests. The world had become even more interesting, filled with beauty I couldn’t have imagined existed. Whatever needs to exist must first be birthed by our imagination. The philosopher Simone Weil wrote that nothing, in this world, is absolutely worthy of our love, and that consequently we must love what doesn’t exist, and I agree wholeheartedly.