Francois Fressinier was born in Cognac, France in 1968. He attributes much of his passion for the human figure to the fact that both of his parents were professional portrait photographers. He studied advertising and fine art at the Ecole Brassart Technique et Privee in Tours, near Paris. He also received a strong academic training in art from his father, to whom he gives credit for teaching him not to paint, but to see. That unique sight, colored with an esteem for the expressive linear drawing of Egon Schiele, has evolved into a personal style in his art, prints and posters that is fluid, truly lovely, and classical in nature.
It is his mastery of light and shadow and the delicate economy of his line within his art, prints and posters which call to mind the exquisite conte drawings of Leonardo or sketches done by Ingres or Raphael. He even states his favorite time in history as being a time period where time, speed and productivity were not the number one occupation of our days.
Fressinier loves to travel, and finds nature a constant source of joy and self-renewal. Like many artists who came before him, he paints art, prints and posters from a place of deep religious conviction. “Art, for me, is a prayer,” he explains. “A way to thank and glorify God. I consider myself a mediator between God and the Brush.”