Francis Pavy graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1976. He originally worked as a sculptor, opening his Lafayette studio in 1981 and experimenting with glass, drawing and painting. Over time, painting became Pavy's major focus. His work stems from the southern storytelling tradition; common subjects are the folk-life and folklore of local people juxtaposed with images of everyday American life. Pavy is renowned for his colorful, abstract approach to Southern iconography and storytelling.