Iacurto, Francesco

Technique: oil, pastels, acrylic, watercolour, ink and chalk


Francesco Iacurto manifested a real gift for drawing at a very young age. He exposed his first piece at the National Monument when he was thirteen. He studied drawing with Edmond Dionet in 1922. The Beaux-Arts School of Montreal opened its doors in 1923 and Iacurto, fourteen at the time, was the youngest student to attend. Here, he met Jean-Paul Lemieux, Paul- Emile Borduas, as well as Sylvie Daoust. He also studied at the Academy Colarossi and Grande-Chaumiere in Paris.

In 1927, Iacurto won many prizes and in 1928, he received his diploma as a teacher. He taught and painted for the next 28 years. He installed himself permanently in Quebec in 1938. It is not before 1974 that he concentrated himself entirely to his art.

Francesco Iacurto painted in many different countries such as France, England, Italy, Greece, the United States and Canada. He was actually the only painter who was allowed to paint the “Vatican Gardens”.

Iacurto is famous for his portraits but is also well-known for his landscapes.


  • 1927 - Honorable Mention for the contest “Lord Wellington”, Ottawa
  • 1928-1929 - Quebec Scholarship
  • 1928 - Silver medal from the General Consulate of France
  • 1990 - Knight Order of Merit of the Italian Republic
  • 1991 - National Knight Order of Quebec
  • 1992 - member of the Order of Canada

Media Coverage

  • Calendar for the Canadian Cancer Society 1996-1997 edition
  • Tele-Mag Portrait of Iacurto, 1996
  • Calendar for Quebec’ s Historical Society 1996
  • The Saint Lawrence Islands, Henri Rivard edition 1995
  • Magazin’ Art edition 09-1993
  • Radio-Canada Television 1987-1988-1992
  • “Le Collectionneur” 1979-1989-1991


  • The Laurentian Ins. Comp
  • the Citadel of Quebec
  • Foundation Jacques Francoeur
  • Quebec and Montreal Palace of Justice
  • Daily Mail Toronto
  • Quebec’ s Parliament
  • Canada’ s Senate
  • Quebec’ s City Hall
  • Canadian Institute
  • Laval University, Quebec
  • Sherbrooke University
  • Rideau Hall, Ottawa
  • St-Sacrement Hospital, Quebec
  • Garnison Circle, Quebec
  • Jeffrey Hale Hospital, Quebec
  • Daishowa


  • Quebec Museum
  • Pierre Boucher Museum
  • Museum of Three Rivers
  • Museum of “L’Amérique française”
  • Beaux-Arts Museum of Canada
  • Augustines Museum
  • La Baie Museum, Saguenay