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). François Roca has illustrated more than twenty books. He contributes regularly to the Télérama magazine.