Born in 1945, François Pain began his medical studies in 1965 during which he met Felix Guattari psychoanalyst and philosopher. His friendship with Felix Guattari will last until the philosopher dies in 1992. This relationship will influence his activist and aesthetic practices.
In the 70′s, François Pain becomes one of the pioneers of the video light in France. Supported and produced by INA (Institut National de l’Audiovisuel), his works including documentaries, fiction and art have been released over the years by various French TV channels: TF1, 2, 3 and Arte.
Some of these works, documentaries and fiction have been selections of festivals: Geneva (Festival of Human Rights), Austria (Graz Festival, documentary), Cannes (short fiction).
His artistic achievements were presented at Beaubourg, Paris Biennial, Biennale of Nice, Lyon Biennale, Palais de Tokyo, Musée du Jeu de Paume, and in group exhibitions in Rome, Milan, Antwerp, Winnipeg.
He works on different projects with choreographers and musicians. He leads creative workshops (shooting, editing and directing) in various institutions including psychiatric and rehabilitation.