François DIDIER

1931 - 2016

François Didier was born in Luxembourg City in 1931. He was a graphic designer, since years retired, and lived in Contern/Luxembourg.

As a cartoonist he was an autodidact. His drawings and cartoons were published since 1949 in newspapers, magazines and booklets in Luxembourg. François Didier illustrated texts and books of renowned Luxembourg authors. By characteristic strokes, he sketched international political events, promoted liberty and social justice and opposed violence and abuse of power. Later on, he shifted to humoristic and satirical drawing with verve and poetic spirit.

Exhibitions on an individual and a collective basis took place inside and outside Luxembourg, among others in Knokke-Heist, Munich, Basel, Davos, Antwerp, Oerlinghausen (Kunstverein Oerlinghausen), Zemun/Belgrade and recently in the gallery “Op der Cap” in Capellen/Luxembourg. He won prices at international cartoon contests.

In 1968, he figured as one of the very best among 1200 submissions in an international greeting card contest in Nuremberg (Werbefachverband Franken e. V.). In 1983 and 1987, he won the price of the International Contest of the Belgian cartoonists association Kever organized yearly by Casino Beringen/Belgium. In 1987, he was officially invited to the International Meeting of Cartoonists in Frankfurt/Main ending with an exhibition in the Römer.

François Didier was a jury member in several international competitions and collected passionately art books and works from the world of cartoons, caricatures and satirical drawings. The passionate cartoonist continued drawing until his very last days in September 2016.