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b. 1954

A lifelong resident of Louisiana, Francis X Pavy was born in Lafayette on March 2, 1954. As a child, Francis studied art under the direction of Elemore Morgan Jr. In college he studied music, ceramics, animation, painting, printmaking and sculpture, graduating in 1976 with a fine arts degree in sculpture. In 1977 Pavy started working in a glass shop, making leaded and beveled glass windows. In 1982 he opened his own glass studio. He adopted painting as his primary medium in 1985 , but still works in  a variety of media.
          Francis Pavy's works vibrate with life,color and musical rhythm. The abstract dimension in his works are always profoundly grounded in southern motifs and culture. Pavy touches on many subjects in his work including ,mysticism, love,  loss and separation, humor, betrayal ,friendship and loyalty as well as many other themes.Pavy works in many media including paintings,prints, constructions and  sculpture.
        Pavy’s work has been well received not only regionally, but also nationally and internationally with one-man exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Aspen, New Orleans, France and Switzerland. Pavy has also participated in many notable group shows such as Outward Bound: American Art on the Brink of the Twenty first Century (traveling from the United States to Indonesia and the Middle East), Elvis And Marilyn: 2 times Immortal (traveling from the United States to Japan), Southern Narrative Painting (Southeast U.S.) and Invites: Peintres Louisianais (Paris, France).
      Pavy has been commissioned to place work in many public art spaces .Some of  these include The  New Orleans International Airport, The Renaissance Art Hotel, New Orleans, Harrah’s Casino, New Orleans, Mulates Restaurant , New Orleans, Dominica Restaurant, New Orleans, Iberia bank Towers, Lafayette, La., Lafayette Surgical and Specialty Hospital, Lafayette, La  and few more.
         Major corporations such as Brown-Ferguson Corporation, Premier, Bankcorp, BMG Music, Capitol Records and Rounder Records have collected Pavy’s work as well many museums and individual collectors.  Notable museums and individual collectors include; The New Orleans Museum of Art and the Morris Museum of Art, Ron Howard, Lorne Michaels , Paul Simon, Walker Percy, Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia, Antione de Caunes, Philippe Djain and Steve Cropper.
            Pavy’s work has been published in a variety of catalogs, books and magazine articles. Some catalogs include: Elvis & Marilyn: 2 times Immortal, (US & Japanese Edition), The South: A Treasury Of Art and Literature, Francis X. Pavy, La Musique Zydeco, The Colors of Rhythm, and Outward Bound, American Art on the brink of the 21st Century.
             Eric Bookhart of Art Papers writes about Pavy’s work; “Pavy uses patterning and figurative distortions to achieve mind-bending effects. With his deeply luminous tonalities, the end result is like an unhinged formalism with a beautiful palette.”In the New Orleans Art Review ,Calvin Harland writes :“He, In my opinion, is already a rare artist to come out of the Cajunworld: meaning he is one of the very few   artists of a Similar Cajun Heritage to have made in-depth use of his native source material”