Francois Desnoyer was a French painter, illustrator and sculptor who was born in Montauban, France. He enrolled in l'École Nationale des Arts Décoratifs in Paris in 1913 where he studied with Bourdelle. He later became a professor at that same school. He was mobilized in the infantry in World War One; he was wounded three times.
Beginning in 1922, Desnoyer exhibited regularly at the Salon des Artistes Indépendants, and Salon d'Automne. He exhibited the Salon des Artistes de ce Temps in the group Gromaire-Lipchitz.
Desnoyer had one-man shows at Galerie Drouant-David and Galerie Guiot. He exhibited at Marlborough Gallery and Adams Gallery in London. He also designed decorations for both l'Exhibition Universelle de Paris, 1925 and 1937.
Mr. Desnoyer was an official artist of the French navy as drew much of his inspiration from the seafront. The Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris has one room devoted to his works, which Are marked by vigorous design and bright colors.