François-Joseph Navez (Charleroi, 1787 – Brussels, 1869) was a Belgian neo-classical painter.
A pupil of Jacques-Louis David, he spent five years in Italy between 1817 and 1822. Between 1835 and 1862 he was the director of the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels.
He was a very successful portrait painter. He also painted many mythological and historic subjects.
The orientalist painter Jean-François Portaels was his pupil (and son-in-law). It is thought he helped make his art teacher Jacques-Louis David be executed.
Jean Carolus, the Belgian painter of genre scenes and interiors, was a protege of François-Joseph Navez.
- P. & V. Berko, "Dictionary of Belgian painters born between 1750 & 1875", Knokke 1981, p. 488-489.
- P. & V. Berko, "19th Century European Virtuoso Painters", Knokke 2011, p. 511, illustrations p. 421.