Francois Koch was born in 1944 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He studied art at the Johannesburg School of Art and worked for a number of years as a commercial artist and illustrator.
At age twenty-six, he decided to pursue his lifelong passion for fine art and soon established himself as one of South Africa’s foremost landscape and wildlife painters, participating in numerous international wildlife shows and the Wildlife Fund Auction in London. His paintings hang in South African embassies around the world and the South African presidential residence. Numerous large corporations, such as Millers Breweries, First National Bank, the South African Reserve Bank, prestigious mining corporations, and the wildlife destination Mala Mala have acquired his work for their permanent collections.
He expanded his market to the United States in 1998 and started showing at Settlers West Gallery in Tucson, Arizona, with great success, selling out two one-man shows and establishing himself as one of the premier American landscape painters. He and his wife, Cilicia, are today proud U.S. citizens residing in Georgetown, Texas.
His paintings are in the permanent collections of the National Wildlife Museum, Jackson, Wyoming; the Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, Georgia; and the Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana. He was honored as Artist of the Year by the Friends of Western Art in Tucson, Arizona. His work has been featured in art magazines such as Art of the West, Southwest Art, Western Art Collector, and Art and Architecture.