The Artist

Françoise Dagorn is a French painter. For 20 years, she lived close to the sea in wonderful places (Seychelles, Hawaii, French Polynesia, Reunion, California). Enriched by the wonder of the biodiversity she encounters there, painting naturally presented itself to her as a way of drawing attention to the beauty and fragility of marine ecosystems.
Fascinated by the harmonious forms of these marine beauties, Françoise Dagorn adds a colourful, imaginary and luminous touch. Her self-taught approach has given her the freedom to move away from standards and create her own recognisable style, allowing her to reach a very wide audience and an international market.
Committed to the protection of marine biodiversity, Françoise Dagorn sums up her artistic approach as follows: "Creating an emotion is the first step towards awareness".

Art inspired by the Ocean

Inspired by the magic of the oceans and the majesty of marine animals, Françoise Dagorn shows great attention to detail and texture while using a very personal vision of the representation of marine worlds, with powerful and luminous colors. Each canvas is the result of a creative process imbued with passion and artistic research.

Françoise Dagorn masters different artistic techniques to shape the acrylic paint that brings her creativity to life. She mainly uses knives, but also sponges or even her fingers, to give a structured and tactile look. The marouflage of nautical charts, arranged according to the inspiration of the artist, reinforces the immersive nature of his creations.

Françoise Dagorn does not seek to reproduce reality but to transform it into an aesthetic experience that arouses emotion in the viewer.

In his artistic world, marine animals and the mesmerizing blue of the oceans come together to create an immersive visual experience.

Her Background


I would like to thank His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco for supporting art in the service of biodiversity conservation and for having done me the honour of visiting my exhibition "Art & Cetaceans in the Mediterranean" as part of the "Breaths of Life" event organised by Jean-Charles Vinaj at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo.

"Feu" organised by Artothèque Montpellier and Maison Départementale de l'Environnement at Domaine de Restinclières, Prades-le-lez, from 28 August to 19 September 2022


H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco visited the University of Montpellier on 15 June 2021 to discuss research on nanosatellites and marine biodiversity. During this event, the President of the University, Mr Philippe Augé, offered my creation "From Chagos to Madagascar" to H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco.
This painting, combining acrylics and collage of marine maps, represents the beauty of marine mammals in the Indian Ocean, in a nod to the expeditions from Monaco that will soon be criss-crossing this ocean to study marine biodiversity.

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco receiving my painting
H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco receiving my painting

The painting "Ecume" was sold for the benefit of the Banque Alimentaire de l'Hérault, a charity organisation working to collect and distribute food to the most vulnerable people in precarious situations. The funds collected will be donated in full to them.

Thank you @celairefrank for this solidarity initiative.


Françoise Dagorn develops a new approach, where she puts her marine animals back into their environment... She tears and glues sea maps on canvases, then paints over them. Who doesn't travel while contemplating a sea map?
In this "SOULAGES" year, the Artothèque Montpellier and the Maison Départementale de l'Environnement have organised an exhibition at the Domaine de Restinclières in Prades-Le-Lez focusing on black, GERM'IN NOIR, from 29 August to 11 October 2020. Françoise Dagorn was selected for this beautiful exhibition with about fifty artists from various backgrounds, where she presented a canvas specially designed for the occasion: Noir Marin
Watch the TV Via Occitanie report on the Germ'in Noir exhibition, where she is interviewed at the end.


Françoise Dagorn participates in the Printemps des Arts in Juvignac, in the Place aux Arts in Montpellier, in Pyramid'Arts in La Grande Motte and finally, she is selected for the 3rd Art Nature contemporary exhibition in the domain of Restinclières (34).


October 2018, first exhibition at the Hôtel des Barons de Lacoste, in Pezenas (34) city of Molière.

2016 & 2017

Françoise Dagorn's approach is deliberately pure, to focus attention on the colours of the fish. The backgrounds of her paintings are plain, of sober colour, in order to bring out the unexpected colours of the animals she paints. She receives her first commissions on tropical fish: a recognition that gives confidence to the self-taught artist that she is. One of her collectors offered a painting to the President of the Republic of Maldives!

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