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François Schuiten was born in Brussels on 26 April 1956. He published his first comics story in the Belgian edition of Pilote at the age of sixteen.
At the Saint Luke Art Institute (Brussels), Schuiten contributed to the student anthology Le 9e Rêve, launched by Claude Renard.
He went on to publish two albums with Renard (Métamorphoses) and three with his brother Luc (Les Terres creuses), before linking up with a childhood friend, Benoît Peeters, with whom he created Les Cités obscures (1982), a universe the two of them would continue to explore through stories such as La Fièvre d'Urbicande (1985), La Tour (1987), Brüsel (1992), La Frontière invisible (2002-2004) and La Théorie du grain de sable (2007-2008).
In 2012, Schuiten created the solo album 12 La Douce, before linking up with Peeters once again for the cycle Revoir Paris.
François Schuiten has also produced a great many illustrations and worked on several comic scripts, in addition to redesigning the décor for the Paris Arts et Métiers metro station and the Porte de Hal in Brussels.
He was awarded the Grand Prize at the Angoulême International Comics Festival in 2002.

Biography

Born in Brussels (BE) in 1956. Lives and works in Paris (FR) and Brussels (BE).

François Schuiten published his first comics story in the Belgian edition of Pilote at the age of sixteen. At the Saint Luke Art Institute (Brussels), he contributed to the student anthology Le 9e Rêve, launched by Claude Renard. He went on to publish two albums with Renard (Métamorphoses) and three with his brother Luc (Les Terres creuses), before linking up with his childhood friend Benoît Peeters, with whom he created Les Cités obscures (1982), a universe the two of them would continue to explore through stories such as La Fièvre d'Urbicande (1985), La Tour (1987), Brüsel (1992), La Frontière invisible (2002-2004) and La Théorie du grain de sable (2007-2008). In 2012, Schuiten created the solo album 12 La Douce, before linking up with Peeters once again for the cycle Revoir Paris. In 2019, he worked on Le Dernier Pharaon, an album in the Blake and Mortimer series, scripted by Thomas Gunzig and Jaco Van Dormael, and announced that this would be his last comic.  

Alongside these other projects, François Schuiten participated in the ScanPyramids mission, launched in 2015 and co-directed by Mehdi Tayoubi. This was a scientific expedition involving a team of archaeologists and other specialists aimed at exploring what lies at the heart of the Great Pyramid of Giza, the largest of Egypt’s pyramids and the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World that is still intact. François Schuiten has also produced a great many illustrations, designed museum installations and exhibition spaces and collaborated on various film projects. A great fan of the SNCB Type 12 steam locomotive built by Belgium’s National Railway Company, Schuiten worked (with Expoduo) for more than ten years on the design for Train World, a new museum in Brussels, located in the buildings of Schaerbeek railway station.  He was also responsible for the new décor for the Paris Arts et Métiers metro station and the Porte de Hal in Brussels. In 2002, Schuiten was awarded the Grand Prize at the Angoulême International Comics Festival.