Francois Viargues was born in Toulouse, France and has been painting since he was a child. His paintings are influenced by French and Belgian graphic novel artists like Franquin, Hergé and Gotlib. He also admires the magazine editorial cartoons of Cabu, Pétillon, and Claire Bretécher, as well as Sempé, who frequently drew comics for The New Yorker. His uncle, Jacques Rampal, was also an artist whose work included caricatures.
As a young artist Francois drew inspiration from the Impressionists and Van Gogh, as well as more classical Dutch and Belgian painters such as Bruegel, Rembrandt, and Vermeer.
As his painting matured he became fascinated by the colors and emotions of the Expressionists (Kirchner, van Dongen, and the Die Brücke group) and the Fauvists (Matisse, Derain). Munch, also influenced by the Expressionists, remains one of Francois' favorite artists today. Francois admires Picasso and his ability to re-invent himself, as well as the surrealism of Salvador Dali and René Magritte, with their combination of dream and humor in their works.
He also admires the pop art of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Tom Wesselmann and David Hockney, and some of their influences can be found in his work as well. He is very impressed by the portraits of Alex Katz and Martial Raysse. He is a big fan of Edward Hopper whose art atmosphere reminds the American movies.
Francois also really likes Gerhard Richter, for his photorealistic paintings and his 1990s abstracts, and Pierre Soulages, for his "outrenoir" (beyond black) work.
He currently resides in New York City.
Safari - Susan Inglett Gallery, NYC (2017)
Fashion Week! - Rogue Space gallery, NYC (2016)
Midnight in New York - Rogue Space gallery, NYC (2015)