François Roca was born in Lyon in 1971. He studied art in Paris, at the École nationale des arts appliqués Olivier-de-Serres, then Ecole Émile-Cohl which he left in 1993. A passionate painter, he began by exhibiting oil portraits. In 1996, he began illustrating children’s books. That same year appeared La reine des fourmis a disparu, (Albin Michel jeunesse, prix Sorcières, prix Alphonse-Daudet, prix Jérôme-Main). The success of this work encouraged him to continue, with Albin Michel and Le Seuil. François Roca has illustrated more than twenty books. He contributes regularly to the Télérama magazine. He lives and works in Paris.