François Morelli was born in Montreal. As a child he lived in the French neighborhood of Hochelaga, was sent to English school in Maisonneuve, and ate Italian food at home. He played sports, made scarp-books and began to draw listening to the popular 1960’s TV show ‘Draw With John Naggy’. He completed a BFA at Concordia University in 1975 where he developed conceptual strategies that included painting with pigeons, interpreting fly-paper, inventorying city trees and making word maps by walking with canvases wrapped around his feet. Between 1975 and 1981, he worked as cartographer graphic designer. He lived in the New York area from 1981 to 1991, and received an MFA in installation and performance art from Rutgers University in 1983. He has taught in universities and art schools since 1980, has received numerous grants and has exhibited his work locally and internationally since 1976. He has taught at Concordia University since 1996 and is a member of the Drawing Lab Dessin. In 1993 he was awarded the prix d’Excellence by la Biennale de dessin et d’estampe d’Alma and in 2007 received the Prix Louis Comtois from the City of Montreal.
He pursues a trans-disciplinary practice (in drawing, installation, performance, print media and sculpture) often questioning the status of an artwork through its creative process and its reception. He is interested in notions of passage, circulation and transformation. His art often echoes a past action or event while examining (not only in space but also in time) relationships between the artist and society, between individuals themselves and/or between an individual and an art work. (Pierre Landry; Musée d’art contemporain de Montreal. L’origine des choses.)