André Renoux was born in Oran, Algeria, in 1939, and when he died, much too young, in Paris in 2002, he was regarded as one of France’s national treasures.
The “father” of the Paris School of Urban Realism, the most credentialed Urban Realist (and one of the most respected in Europe), Renoux was known as the peintre-poete (painter-poet) for the beauty of his images. At home in many cities, he made Paris uniquely his own, capturing its history and soul, its sounds, smells, tastes, and textures — just as you would find them in your own experience and imagination.
Regarded as the most credentialed 20th century Parisian Urban artist, Renoux became the godfather of artists in his time. Renoux made Paris his own by capturing and protecting the sounds, smells, tastes and textures of the City Of Lights in his own unique expression of brush to canvas. Highly respected in Europe, Renoux is truly one of France’s national treasures. He has now joined the gallery of great artists of the ages. As time goes on, he will be remembered as the artist who captured Paris in the 20th century.