Francesca Alepin Kneider / Glass artist and painter

Influence and artistic approach



  • Creativity Université de Montréal
  • Interior Design Académie Internationale du Design
  • Feng Shui and Bazi Centre d’Excellence de Feng Shui

francesca-alepin-kneiderA contemplative person  by nature, I began my meditative studies at the University, developing a practice associated with creativity. My work in the visual arts stems from a meditative state of mind, from this deep awareness. My style is inspired from seals or hieroglyphic symbols.

1990 Completed studies in interior design. Carte blanche to renovate a home. Discovered the appeal of glass as a material to be used in art integrated into architecture.

During this period, I undertook many creative projects on the national and international level. This is when it all began: numerous glass creations integrated into architecture, many glass artworks, exclusive works including glass installations, sculptures, panels, tables, doors, murals, contemplation pieces, tiles, centrepieces, light fixtures, and chairs. Created multiple-piece works in a series including utilitarian objects and new products such as the famous HECTARUS® basins.

I gained a great deal of visibility in design fora and international design fairs and garnered support from the media.

I was soon recognized by the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec for glass works integrated into architecture.

My personal development took the form of a ten-year commitment to a “mastery program” in meditative and spiritual studies. I went on many retreats in the state of Oregon and engaged in many formal and informal meditative practises.

These meditative practises were accompanied by many artistic creations.

This fully emerging intensity inevitably led to my meeting with Marcelle Ferron (1924-2001), the painter and glass artist who had signed the “Refus global” and a major figure on Quebec’s contemporary art scene. The common denominator was the person who produced our glass artworks. We developed a deep connection as I worked with great freedom on her monumental glass works for projects that integrated her art works into architecture. These projects were part of the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec’s Programme 1%. This “grand master’s” final ten years coincided with the beginning of my prolific years as an artist, and the work I did on her projects certainly influenced my own.

2009 Began writing both in words and in paint. Writings on the conscience applied in visual and holistic arts. Discovered the appeal of Japanese papers, India ink and watercolours.

2017-2018 Exclusive diffusion of my paintings by Galerie Blanche in Montreal.

2018 Solo Show of my paintings

2018-   Represented by Galerie d’Arts Contemporains in Montreal.

2019-  Musée des beaux-arts de Mont-Saint-Hilaire


Since 1991, Francesca Alepin Kneider is the artistic designer for the HECTARUS® brand, it has received numerous scholarships, grants, honourable mentions and awards.

See also Why I paint