John Fou French, b. 1983


John Fou (b. 1983, FR) lives and works in Paris, France.

Self-taught, with a background in the world of live performance and more particularly in the circus, dance and theatre, he has developed a practice of figurative painting in which he stages social relationships between animals of different species, as an allegory of his life and more generally of human relationships. The artist explores the following influences that include mythology, cave paintings, psychology, dance, video games, cartoons and painting, from Géricault to Huguette Caland, via George Stubbs, Piero di Cosimo, Etruscan frescoes and Le Douanier Rousseau.

This year, John Fou entered the Hermes collection. He is also featured in the Greenline Foundation’s collection. Recent solo and group exhibitions include Stems Gallery, Paris, FR; Greenline foundation, Paris, FR; Galerie Julien Cadet, Paris, FR; Le Château du Marais, Val-Saint-Germain, FR, POUSH Manifesto - OFF Art Paris, Paris, FR, Ruttkowski; 68, Paris, FR; Guido Romero Pierini, Paris, FR; CIRCUS, Théâtre de Vanves, FR, The Hole gallery, New York, NY. He’s also shown with cultural institutions including Space José Augusto Santos, Natal, BR and FRAC, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, FR. He’s recently completed residencies at UMA PENHA, Lisbon, PT, Greenline foundation, Paris, FR and Château du Marais, Val-Saint-Germain, FR.