Born in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1936, Francine Simonin has been working and living in Montreal since 1968. Her career spans four decades and she has had over 200 solo exhibits. She has also received many prizes and awards.
In 2004, the Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec and the Monique and Robert Parizeau foundation gave her a prize to acknowledge and reward her contribution to the history of printmaking in Quebec. Her works are part of numerous public collections in Canada and Switzerland as well as many private collections around the world.