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Lived/Active: Arizona / Africa      Known for: landscape, commercial art

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Biography from Altermann Galleries and Auctioneers, III:
Born in 1944, François Koch enjoyed a successful career as a commercial and fine art painter in South Africa. He studied commercial art in the 1960s at the Johannesburg School of Art and worked as an illustrator for a large publishing company until 1970, when he decided to devote himself to fine art, painting landscapes and wildlife. During his South African career, his commissions included works for South African embassies throughout the world and the official residence of the president of South Africa. He participated in many prestigious wildlife art exhibitions, including Sotheby’s Wildlife Auction for the World Wildlife Fund.

Now a proud United States citizen living and working in Tucson, Koch paints landscapes almost exclusively, and the deep emotion and expression in his paintings has attracted a new following. His atmospheric scenes inspire the other senses—one can almost smell the air and hear the insects, and feel the sun or shade—virtually drawing the viewer into the picture.

Since 2000, he has had two one-man shows and a two-man show, all sold out before the opening night. He also participates in the Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale, Autry National Center of the American West, Los Angeles; the Western Visions Miniature Show, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City; and the Quest for the West Art Show and Sale, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis, Indiana.

His work has been featured in Art of the West and Western Art Collector and is included in the permanent collections of the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and the Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, Georgia. He was honored as the 2007 Artist of the Year by the Friends of Western Art, Tucson, Arizona.

Source: Masters of the West Show, The Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA

Biography from Trailside Galleries:

South African-born Francois Koch trained at the Johannesburg School of Art, completing his art degree in 1963. His career started at a large publishing house, where he worked as an illustrator. This gave him valuable experience for freelancing as an illustrator for magazines and advertising agencies.

In 1969, frustrated by the rat race of advertising and having a strong urge to become a painter, he resigned his job and moved to Pretoria, where his job career in fine art started in earnest.  During his first solo show in 1971, he received a commission from Volkskas Bank.  During the 1980s Koch had several solo shows at the Lister Art Galleries.  In 1987 his work was featured in Pretoria, and in 1988 the Sanderling Gallery in Johannesburg hosted a solo show of his wildlife and landscape paintings. He has also participated in several international exhibitions since 1987 at the Eveard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, and in the Sotheby’s Wildlife Auction.

He first visited the United States and Canada in 1996 and traveled from Seattle to Florida painting the American landscape.  The interest garnered by his American landscapes was a great inspiration to spend more time in the United States.  In 1998 he returned and met Stuart Johnson, owner of the Settlers West Galleries in Tucson, AZ who has been representing Koch ever since.  In March 2000 Koch had his first United States solo exhibition at Settlers West and sold out opening night.  Koch has exhibited in the annual Masters of the American West Fine Art exhibition and Sale at the Autry National Center since 2001.  Koch is a regular participant in the Annual Western Visions Miniature Show in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.   Francois now resides in Arizona with his wife.

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