François Viargues was born in Toulouse, France and has been painting since he was a child.   His paintings are influenced by French and Belgian graphic novel artists like Franquin (Spirou et Fantasio), Hergé (Tintin) and Gotlib, as well as the magazine editorial cartoons of Cabu, Pétillon, Claire Bretécher, and Sempé (who frequently drew for The New Yorker).  His uncle, Jacques Rampal, was also an artist whose work included caricatures.

As a young artist Francois drew inspiration from the Impressionists and Van Gogh, as well as more classical Dutch and Belgian painters such as Bruegel, Rembrandt and Vermeer.

As his painting matured he became fascinated by the colors and emotions of the Expressionists (Munch, van Dongen, Kirchner and the Die Brücke group) and the Fauvists (Matisse).  Influences of the pop art of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Tom Wesselmann and David Hockney can be found in his work as well.

Throughout his painting career François has admired Picasso and his ability to re-invent himself, as well as the surrealism of Dali and Magritte, with their combination of dream and humor in their works.  His own painting subjects and styles vary, from abstracts to portraits to cityscapes.  The portraits of Alex Katz and Martial Raysse provide inspiration for his own work, and some echoes of Edward Hopper’s atmospheric American landscapes can be found in his cityscapes.

When painting François also keeps in mind the color minimalism of Gerhard Richter in his photorealistic paintings, and the Pierre Soulages outrenoir (beyond black) practise.

François' first exhibition, Midnight in New York, was held at the Rogue Space Gallery in Chelsea in New York City in February 2015.  His second exhibition, Fashion Week!, was held there in March 2016.  His most recent exhibition, Safari, took place in June 2017 at the Susan Inglett Gallery, also in Chelsea.

He currently resides in New York City.