Francoise Issaly

Francoise Issaly

Montreal, QC, Canada

About Francoise Issaly

Born in the South of France, Francoise Issaly dreamed about moving to Canada when she was a teenager and was always attracted to Asia, and China in particular. She graduated from University Paul Valery in Montpellier, and University Michel de Montaigne in Bordeaux, France, where she obtained a DEUG in Plastic Arts, a Licence and a Master in Visual Arts, followed by a D.E.A. in with a mention in “Communication, Arts & Spectacle”, Françoise Issaly did 3 years of research for her Ph.D. before moving to Canada in 1993.
For more than 20 years she has been involved in the Visual Arts scene as a professional artist (she is a Member of the RAAV/CARFAC since 1996, member of the SODRAC, and registered at ARTEXTE), as a art instructor (She taught as a secondary art instructor in France, then to adults at the Visual Art Center, University of Montreal, and The Montreal Fine Art Museum), and as the editor of her own publishing house, Editions FrI, focusing on Artist books, since 2009.
She has shown her work both in solo and group shows in Quebec (Canada), USA, France, Germany, and Malaysia and China. Her work can be found in many private collections around the world.
Since 2014, she was invited to do several Artists Residencies (the Vermont Studio Centre in Vermont USA, Chinese European Art Center in Xiamen, Untitled in Shanghai)

Today she is living and working in Hangzhou, China and still maintain her studio in Montreal, Canada. A prolific artist, she focuses on her art while she is teaching art to Chinese students.


1991 -Diplôme d’Études Appronfondies (D.E.A.) in Communication, Arts & Spectacle
1990 -Maîtrise ès Arts Plastiques (M.F.A.)
1989 -Licence ès Arts Plastiques, Option Peinture.
Université Michel de Montaigne, Bordeaux 3, France
1988 -D.E.U.G. ès Arts Plastiques, Option Image, Spectacle, Audio-Visuel ( Bachelor)
Université Paul-Valery, Montpellier 3, France


Preparing a new publication about the work I have been doing for the past 3 years while living in Hangzhou, China. Gathering all the artworks that were created during that time.
publishing estimate: May or June 2021


Solo & Duo shows (sélection) :

- 17th AAMIAE (group), Qingdao contemporary art museum, Qingdao, China December 2020
- Sept/Nov. 2020 - One Blossom, One World (group) - Cube Art Museum, Shanghai
- July/August 2020 - Painter in the clouds (solo) - Le Cru, Shanghai
- Oct. 2019 - Hidden Patterns @Tagus international Art, Hangzhou, China November 2019 - AAMAE 2019 Hangzhou/Qintian, China
October 2019 - Hidden Patterns - Tagus international, Hangzhou, China
2019 - I have a feeling... Untitled Space, Shanghai, China
2019 HAtYai Art Show - PSU Gallery, Hat Yai, Thailand
2018-2019 Les Jumeaux Du Cari - Musée des Artisans du Québec
2018 April - Unis vert l'intemporel (Group) - Le Livart, Montreal, Canada
2018 - AAF Battersea Spring 2018, London UK - Arteria Gallery
- Los Angeles Art Show in California - Arteria Gallery
2017 - Remplir le vide - MdC Marie-Uguay, Montreal, Qc Canada
2017- Absence & Transparences" Musée Bruck in Cowansville, Qc until September 9th.
2017 - Remplir le Vide: Conjonctures II - Maison Villebon, Beloeil, Qc (Canada)
2016 Nov. - (Remplir le vide - Nouvelles Conjonctures) Galerie Renée-Blain - Brossard (Canada)
2016 - 13th Asian, African & Mediterranean Int. Art Exhibit - Hangzhou, China
2016 - 11th - Trio show at ARTAMO Gallery, Santa-Barbara, California. (Feb. 2016)
2015 - 12th Asian, African & Mediterranean International Art Exhibit - Hangzhou, China
2015 - Remplir le Vide/Filling the Void- CEAC gallery, Xiamen, China (August 2015)
2015 - Conjonctures et autres perspectives, Galerie Uno, Quebec city, QC
2015 - Reflets VI - Maison de la Culture Marie-Uguay, Montreal, Qc until April 12, 2015
2015 - Warmth - EK Voland gallery, Montreal
2014 -Trames – Arts Sutton, Sutton, Qc
2014 -L’œil, la forme ou l’œuf (trio)– Zéphyr, Montréal, Qc
2013 -North & South of the Border – Artamo gallery, Santa-Barbara, CA USA
2013 -Trames et Structures – Centre Culturel Dallaire, La Pocatière, Qc
2012 -…TRAMES… - Zéphyr, Montréal, Qc
2011 -Migrations – Wilder & Davis, Montréal, Qc
2009 -De l’illusion du Sens – Galerie Port Maurice, Montréal, Qc
2009 -Inner Outer Circles – Artamo gallery, Santa-Barbara, CA USA
2005 -Les îles inventées (trio) – Maison de la Culture Ahuntsic-Cartieville, Montréal, Qc
2005 -Françoise Issaly – Gallery International, Baltimore, MD USA
2004 -Series of Layers – OCCCA, Santa-Ana, CA USA
2004 -Et tout a-t-il une fin…- Galerie Port-Maurice, Montréal, Qc
2003 -Configuration(s) – Centre Culturel de Verdun, Verdun, Qc
2003 -Espaces Pluriels – Galerie Konrad Mönter, Meerbush, Allemagne
2003 -Davidson/Issaly/Ulzak – Arts Sutton, Sutton, Qc
2002 -Regarder Ailleurs – Centre culturel de Châteauguay, Châteauguay, Qc

Group Shows (sélection) :

2015 - 12th Asian, African & Mediterranean international Modern Art Exhibition (Hangzhou, Donyang, Xitang (Zhejiang) China
2015 - Alternative Universe - OCCCA, Santa-Ana, California USA
2013 -C’est Gros en Petit – Zéphyr, Montréal, Qc
2012 -L’Amour – Corrid’Art de la Compagnie F, Montréal, Qc
2011 -Urban Grid – Artamo gallery, Santa-Barbara, CA USA
2011 -Body Bags – Zéphyr, Montréal, Qc
2009 -Directions – OCCCA, Santa-Ana, CA USA
2008 -Cusp – Crussell Fine Arts, Orange, CA USA
2007 -Painting & Poetry – Artamo gallery, Santa-Barbara, CA USA
2007 -Subset – Crussell Fine Arts, Orange, CA USA
2005 -Laguna Art Museum, sales and rental gallery – Laguna, CA USA
2004 -Perceptions – OCCCA, Santa-Ana, CA USA
2003 -Les Femmeuses 2003 – Pratt & Whitney Canada, Longueuil, Qc
2002 -Expositions des finalistes – Galerie d’art, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Montréal, Qc
2002 -Les Femmeuses 2002 - Pratt & Whitney Canada, Longueuil, Qc