François Andes
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Visual arts

François Andes

My work is similar to an ever-growing organic structure that is receptive to its environment and proliferating.

His designs sometimes measure up to several metres in height and width. They are often accompanied by sculptures or performances. Because François Andes thinks big: his imagination, inhabited by dreamlike landscapes and extraordinary creatures, takes visitors on a journey through the lands and legends of the entire world.

Updated on 04/05/2022

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A child of the North, François Andes studied in Roubaix (France) and then in Brussels (Belgium). Between the ages of 17 and 20, he practised cartoons, textile arts, silkscreen printing and monumental painting; an apprenticeship that profoundly influenced his multidisciplinary practice of art.

Since then, François Andes has taken part in the 2014 Paris Nuit Blanche arts festival and in numerous creative residences (in Morocco, Brazil, Russia etc.) and exhibited in some 40 different places, including Château du Rivau, the Tourcoing Museum of Fine Arts, Sutton Courtenay Abbey in Oxford in the United Kingdom and Villa Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.

He sometimes spends several days perfecting a single design to cast his spell over us: spreading a thousand details on large paper surfaces in various formats (folded in accordion or exhibited on sections of walls), François Andes constructs landscape views saturated with motifs, and invents new fantastical ecosystems every day.

In his world, unique architectures emerge from lush vegetation, where semi-anthropomorphic semi-animal beings wander, sail and fly away. The visitor, immersed in darkness or, conversely, bathed in bright light, sometimes discovers textile and sculptural installations, three-dimensional extensions of these graphic follies alongside these impressive designs. 

Because his drawings and installations are often accompanied by performances, François Andes is regularly invited to various events, such as the Mons Biennial and the Tiradentes International Festival of Arts in Brazil.

In 2019, François Andes was a winner at the Villa Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), and in the same year exhibited in Tbilisi (Georgia), Salvador de Bahia (Brazil) and France. His schedule is booked up until 2021 with projects at the South Korean Embassy in Paris, the Zeikunst Festival in Berlin (Germany) and the LaBanque Art Centre in Béthune (France).

  • 2011


    François Andes becomes Associate Artist for Group A – Cultural Cooperative, an association that works to promote artists’ residences.

  • 2014


    For the Paris Nuit Blanche, François Andes invites around 60 performers to take part in his performance installation Le singe qui lèche.

  • 2017


    At the DDessin show, François Andes is voted “Favourite” by the director of the Eve de Medeiros show for his series of 10 drawings entitled Les Préparatifs.

  • 2019


    François Andes is a winner at the Villa Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) for his project Traversée du catastrophe.

The Institut français and the artist

François Andes received support from the Institut français and the Hauts-de-France Region for a creative residence at Villa Saigon in Vietnam for his "Crossing the desert" project.

Find out more about the residency programmes here.

L'institut français, LAB