Françoise Nielly

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Françoise Nielly is a French knife-painter who is famous for painting vibrant and colourful closeup portraits of people such as Barack Obama. She was born in Marseille, brought up near Cannes and Saint-Tropez and is now living in Paris.


Françoise Nielly's artwork is typically vibrant, and detailed. A lot of her work is inspired by urban life. Françoise uses knives to paint her artwork as she seems to prefer the thick, clean brushstrokes created by them. Painting portraits is her speciality. As a child, she was taught by her father that there was "no room for mistakes", and this has potentially influenced the intricacy of her artwork. She layers her paintings with bright and contrasting colour. She was represented in many exhibitions and art fairs in Europe (Spain, France, UK) and America (US, Canada).

You can see her work at


- Collection mode/fashion with IRM design

- Collaboration with CITROEN and Estech for the SURVOLT ART CAR (2010-2011) Electric Concept-car based on Survolt (exposed about one year on Citroën Show-room C42 in Champs-Élysées, Paris) You can see it in 'Conservatoire Citroën' in Aulnay-sous-Bois. It was described as 'Visual representation of power of electricity'


- SNOWBOARD/ limited edition for Burton


- Galerie twentyTwo, LYON 2012 - Galerie Menouar, PARIS 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012 - Galerie Alain Daudet, TOULOUSE 2012 - Galerie Modus, PARIS 2011 - Galerie Villadelarte BARCELONA, MIAMI 2010, 2011 - Opera Gallery, Singapore 2010 - Galerie Claude Petit Jean, St Tropez 2008, 2009 - Galerie Opera, Monaco 2008 - Galerie Anne Cros, Pézénas 2006, 2008 - Galerie Mensirioux (Montreal, Fort lauderdale) 2006 - Galerie Lausberg, Toronto 2006 - Galerie Sibman, Paris 2004 - Galerie Cinko, Paris 2004 - Galerie Stephane Olivier, ST Ouen 2002 - Galerie Gagnon, Montréal 2002 - Galerie de Bièvre, Paris 2000 - Galerie Michel Blais, Vancouver 1999 - Galerie Stely, St Tropez 1998 - Galerie Stegle, Ste Maxime 1997