Franck BENOUALID has been a painter by passion since the end of the 1980s. Self-taught, he quickly knew how to find a personal way which allowed him to exhibit his works after barely three years. He has integrated various influences into his work for a number of years: thus, if the iconography of his works is essentially devoted to women, a woman often of triumphant femininity, the memory of Francis Bacon and his visions of nightmare seems more and more present in his paintings. Tortured portraits, cruel tortures, silent cries. The relationship between the sculptural but expressive figures and the coloured backgrounds which often show no break in continuity with them also seems characteristic.