Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, art was always Francois Koch’s central interest. Painting and drawing since childhood, he began selling watercolor landscapes at age fifteen. He studied art at the Johannesburg School of Art and worked for a number of years as a commercial artist and illustrator.
At age twenty-six, he decided to pursue his lifelong passion for fine art. He soon established himself as one of South Africa’s foremost landscape and wildlife painters, participating in numerous international wildlife shows and the Wildlife Fund Auction in London. His paintings are included in South African embassies and the South African Presidential residence. Numerous large corporations, such as Miller Breweries, First National Bank, the South African Reserve Bank, the South African Tourist Bureau, and the prestigious mining and wildlife destination Mala Mala, have acquired his work for their permanent collections.
In 1998 he expanded his market to the United States and was invited to show at Settlers West Galleries in Tucson, Arizona. He and his wife, Cilicië, are today proud U.S. citizens residing in Georgetown, Texas.
Further success with one-man shows followed, establishing him as one of the premier American landscape painters. He participates in the Coeur d’Alene Art Auction, Reno, Nevada; the Autry Museum’s Masters of the American West, Los Angeles; the Prix de West and Small Works, Great Wonders exhibitions at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City; the Quest for the West Art Show and Sale, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis, Indiana; and Western Visions at the National Wildlife Museum, Jackson, Wyoming. He was honored as the 2007 Artist of the Year by the Friends of Western Art, Tucson, Arizona.
Koch’s paintings are in the permanent collections of the National Wildlife Museum; the Booth Museum, Cartersville, Georgia; and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. His work has been featured in Art of the West, Southwest Art, and Western Art Collector.
Francois Koch is represented by InSight Gallery, Fredericksburg, Texas; Settlers West Galleries Inc., Tucson, Arizona; and Trailside Galleries, Jackson, Wyoming, and Scottsdale, Arizona.
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