March 29, 2019

François Boisrond was born in 1959 in Boulogne-Billancourt, near Paris. His father was Michel Jacques Boisrond, a famous French film maker. When he was 14 years old, he spent a year at the boarding school of a strict English school in London. Because of the loneliness he felt there, he began to read a lot, which has greatly stimulated his imagination. Later at the academy he became friends with, Hervé Di Rosa and Robert Combas, with whom he founded the group “Figuration Libre” in the 1980s. In 1983 a first group exhibition took place around this movement in the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands. Their philosophy and aesthetics had close ties with the Art Brut, and serves as an example for the Neo-Popart in Europe. For his colorful and somewhat “naive” painting style, he was inspired by comics, stickers, decorations, … as well as the film and television world. His theme also varied within everyday elements of society, such as street views in cities, couples in love, modern versions of known paintings, museum spaces, etc. Throughout his career, his style evolved towards a more photographically realistic representation, but still within the art of painting.