François Morelli

Biography - François Morelli

François Morelli is a Montreal-based multidisciplinary artist holding a BFA from Concordia University (1975) and a Masters of Fine Arts from Rutgers University, New Jersey. From 1981 to 1991, he lived and taught in New York where he created several graphic and sculptural installations, as well as other art practices that led him across North America, Europe and North Africa.

François Morelli pursues a trans-disciplinary practice in drawing, installation, performance, print media and sculpture that questions the status of artworks through their creative process and reception. Interested in notions of passage, circulation and transformation, his art often echoes past actions or events while examining relationships between artist and society, connecting individuals or relating the individual and the artwork.

His work has been exhibited internationally in museums, private galleries, artist-run centres and Contemporary Art events in Canada, the United States and Europe since 1976. Notably, he exhibited at the Musée du Québec (1979), the Musée d’art de Joliette (1980), the Musée Régional de Rimouski (1988), the Centro Culturale Canadese (Italie, 1989), the Horodner Romley Gallery (New York, 1994 and 1995), at Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (1994), at La Vitrine (France, 2004) as well as at Joyce Yahouda Gallery (Montreal, 2006, 2008 and 2014). Morelli also participated in the Biennale de Montréal (2002) and the Biennale du Havre in France (2006). In 2007, he presented major installations at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Centre and at Hamilton Art Gallery. In 2011, he participated in the Québec Triennial (Musée d’art contemporain, Montréal).

In 2015, François Morelli was awarded the Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec’s artist residency studio in Mumbai (India), as well as in New York (UE) in 2011. In 2004, he was awarded the Canada Council for the arts studio residency in Paris (France).

François Morelli received numerous awards including the Biennale de dessin, de l’estampe et du papier du Québec Award in 1993 and the Louis Comtois Prize in 2007, by the City of Montreal in collaboration with the Association des galeries d’art contemporain (AGAC).

François Morelli is represented by Joyce Yahouda Gallery.


Exhibitions at the gallery

August 18 – October 8, 2016
July 22 – August 6, 2016
May 12 – June 4, 2016
October 4, 2014
September 27 – November 1, 2014
November 10, 2011 – January 21, 2012
January 22 – February 20, 2010
September 11 – November 1, 2008
September 9 – October 14, 2006

Extra muros exhibitions

October 28 – 31, 2016
April 22 – 24, 2016
January 10 – February 14, 2015
April 25 – 28, 2013
April 16, 2013 – February 1, 2014
April 13 – 15, 2012
August 31, 2011 – April 7, 2012
April 16 – 18, 2010
October 23 – 26, 2008
October 2 – 5, 2008
September 5 – 27, 2008
September 27 – 30, 2007
June 14 – 17, 2007


François Morelli @ Verksmiðjan art centre, Hjalteyri, Iceland

Project: Sumarryk / Summer Dust

François Morelli @ 34rd International Symposium of Contemporary Art of Baie-Saint-Paul
François Morelli @ Atelier-Galerie A. Piroir, Montreal

Exhibition: François Morelli

François Morelli @ Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal

Event: Entre chien et loup

Curator: Didier Morelli

Présented by: Vital Memories

François Morelli @ Shengzhi Art Space, Beijing

Exhibition: Resonance - Canadian Printmaking

François Morelli @ Centre d'exposition de Val-David, Val-David

Exhibition: Faire impression

François Morelli @ Musée d'art contemporain des Laurentides, Saint-Jérôme

Exhibition: Le Musée fait mouche...

Curators: Louise Bérubé and Andrée Matte
François Morelli @ UQAM, Montreal

Panel discussion: ''La pratique, l’histoire, le langage et les codes de la performance''

Event: Rencontre Interuniversitaire de Performance Actuelle (RIPA) 2014

François Morelli @ Quartier des spectacles, Montreal

Exhibition: 35 years of art creations from Quebec presented in 35 artworks on paper 

Presented by: PAPIER14

François Morelli @ CIRCA, Montreal

Talk: Dessiner dans l'espace

François Morelli / Stephen Schofield @ Division Gallery, Toronto

Exhibition: Porcelain, breaking tradition

Organized by: Art Mûr Gallery, Montreal

François Morelli @ ARPRIM, Montreal

Event: Vente de feu

Project :  À L’AFFICHE ! 

François Morelli @ Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax

Event:  Artist presentation on November 20 at noon

Project: Artist in residency at NSCAD

François Morelli and Stephen Schofield @ Art Mûr, Montreal

Exhibition: Porcelain: Breaking Tradition

François Morelli @ FOFA Gallery, Montreal

Panel discussion: Systems and iterations 

Organised by: Concordia University

François Morelli @ Maison de la culture Maisonneuve / Fondation Guido Molinari, Montreal

Event: Projet HoMa

Curator: Geneviève Goyer-Ouimette

Massimo Guerrera / François Morelli @ Montreal Museau of Fine Arts, Montreal

Exhibition: Dans ces dessins mes mains rêvent...

Event: Printemps du dessin

François Morelli @ Librairie Formats, Montreal

Launch: HB Magazine

François Morelli @ dc3 Art Projects, Edmonton

Exhibition: Just Draw

François Morelli @ Triennale Québécoise, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal

Le travail qui nous attend

François Morelli @ AGAC, Montreal

PAPIER11 Exhibition

François Morelli @ Articule, Montreal

LETTRES/LETTERS - Exhibition book
Co-directing by Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte & Anne-Marie Proulx

Sarah Bertrand-Hamel + François Morelli @ Maison de la culture Frontenac, Montreal


François Morelli @ Biennale nationale de sculpture contemporaine, Trois-Rivières

Trompe-l’œil au cube, aux limites du vrai et du faux

Sarah Bertrand-Hamel, François Morelli @ Galerie Yergeau, Montreal