Montreal-based artist FVCKRENDER, aka Frédéric Duquette, pushes the boundaries of imagination and technology while blurring the lines between the physical and virtual worlds through his ambitious experiential art. His work, self-described as his therapy, has been featured in esteemed auction houses such as Christie’s and Sotheby’s. Notable clients include Ledger, Supreme, Hypebeast, The Hundreds, Swarovski, Dior, Avant Arte, Spotify, and TIME.

Where did the name FVCKRENDER come from and what does it mean?

Fvckrender emerged about a decade ago when I started doing 3D on an old crappy MacBook. It would take hours to render an image only to find out it was terrible. Now, with real-time rendering, I’ve come to enjoy it.

Certain subjects are recurring motifs in your work - snakes, flowers, and chains. For me chains tend to initially bring up negative associations but you spin it as a symbol of community. Can you share more about this?

To me, chains symbolize connection and the strength found in unity—they're typically used to link heavy objects, to connect different items. Snakes represent those who bet against you, while flowers symbolize personal growth and learning from various experiences.

Art helped you work through intense and difficult periods in your life. What about it specifically was healing for you? Ideation, the physical act of creating, having something to stay committed to, or something else?

My mind is often overly active, too active even, and making art has helped me disconnect my thoughts from my identity, allowing me to truly understand myself. It has provided a means to let go and let inspiration take over.

There is a documentary aspect to your creative practice in that you use your art as a diary of your own life. Yet, the final pieces often have universal appeal. To what extent are you thinking about how the viewer will experience your work as you make it?

When creating, I don’t consider how viewers might interpret my work. Often, the meaning of a piece reveals itself later. I might look back at something I created years ago, which felt meaningless at the time, and suddenly understand exactly what I was feeling then. Art is my way of processing feelings and thoughts. I do it to feel better.

Having completed projects with an impressive list of recognized brands and produced successful collections on your own, it may be surprising to others that you have felt imposter syndrome. What do you do to manage it and what advice would you have for other artists who struggle with these feelings?

Sometimes, I feel depressed about my art or feel like an imposter, especially when I compare myself to others who are more successful or have something I desire. Refocusing on myself usually helps, although I sometimes slip...

With so much going on - how do you stay on top of it all? And what’s coming up next for you that our readers should look out for?

I have no clue! Honestly, it feels like I've been in a whirlwind for the past decade. Every year seems more hectic than the last, and it's only getting crazier and more expansive. While I'm proud of the growth, it's also incredibly exhausting. However, I'm truly grateful now to have an amazing team I can rely on, which makes all the difference.


Alicia Puig has been a contributing writer for Create! Magazine since 2017. Find more of her work here: