Jean-François Roy

Montreal, Canada


Jean-François Roy is a Montreal-based artist with a strong interest in geometry, paper and light.

A graduate of McGill University’s School of Architecture, Roy obtained an MFA degree from UQAM’s School of Design in 2015. His research focuses on the potential application of origami at the architectural scale. He has since pursued his artistic research by creating origami sculptures of various sizes, bas-reliefs, and installations. Since 2017 he has been exhibiting his work in multiple venues and events.

About the artwork

Le Module et 313 variations Yoshimura

Le Module and 313 variations Yoshimura are two paper sculptures.

Le Module is composed of assembled sections of corrugated cardboard. The large structure allows the viewer to circulate inside. 313 variations Yoshimura is an installation consisting of 313 sheets of glossy paper. The artwork is a mise en abyme. The pattern used to fold each sheet of paper is transposed on the composition on the wall.

The artist’s approach is part of the long and rich tradition of geometric folding. Emerging from an interest in origami as a generator of space, Le Module and 313 variations Yoshimura evoke the singular material poetry of minimalism. The material, far from inert, is instead appreciated and questioned for its capacity to react to the physical constraints created by folding.


150 Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest
Street level
Residence completed

Photo : Camille Dubuc