Jean Joseph Renoux

ABOUT JEAN JOSEPH RENOUX and ART & ARCHITECTURAL TOURS & SEMINARS

​Jean Joseph Renoux has organized and conducted over 145 tours to explore the art and architecture of countries worldwide for over Thirty Eight years. His first tour company was called I Ski the French Way with TWA. (TWA was the company used to flew his clients to Geneva from where they could reach ski resorts in the French Alps).

His tours encompass far more than the usual tourist attractions. You learn about the history, art, music, food and culture of the places visited.  
With his numerous past trips to France, Italy, England, the Netherlands, Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, Malta, Romania, Croatia, Spain, Finland, Denmark, Egypt, Libya, Lebanon, Switzerland, Germany, Mali, Morocco and Tunisia, he has discovered all of the fascinating out-of-the way places that are off the beaten tourist path.

He has also developed relationships with the best local travel guides in order to offer you the optimal experience touring the destination of your choice.

Jean has taught continuing education classes to more than 10,000 architects and designers since 1996.

His 364 different courses are approved by AIA/CES (American Institute of Architects/Continuing Education Systems) ASID (American Society of Interior Designers/IDCEC), and all the state boards of architecture and interior designers, nationwide.​

He also works as a consultant to interior designers and architects helping to integrate innovative "green" designs into their building plans.

Besides his tours and seminars, Jean frequently lectures on European History, European Jewish History, the Arab Civilization and the Ottoman Empire,  History of Art, Architecture and French Literature.

He has spoken at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.; the High Museum in Atlanta; the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky; the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan; the North Carolina Art Museum, Raleigh, North Carolina; the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota; the Fresno Art Museum; as well as at many universities including:  Kent State, Florida State, University of South Florida, Ringling School of Art and Design, San Diego University, University of Toledo, John Carroll University - Cleveland; Savannah College of Art & Design, Florida International University, the University of North Carolina - Asheville where he taught several courses on art and history and La Universidad Autónoma de Yucátan, in Merida, Mexico.

Jean also taught French for one semester, to graduates and under-graduates at the University of Louisville, Kentucky.

Jean is a member of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH).

Personal History: Jean was born in France, but spent most of his childhood in Tunisia where his physician father was the director of the Pasteur Institute.  The family returned to France a few years after Tunisia gained its independence from France.  There, as a young man, he had the unique opportunity to work as personal assistant to Louis Malle, the famed movie director of Au Revoir les Enfants, My Dinner with André, Pretty Baby and many other award-winning films.

After his move to the U.S., Jean worked as production designer on films shot in Florida and Mexico and as executive producer for a short on Emerson Lake and Palmer for the Italaina RAI television. He also produced, co-wrote, directed and acted in the comedy show "Puts the Lights on, I'm suffocating," for two years at the Thirteen Street Theater in NYC and produced and directed "The Human Voice" by Jean Cocteau at La Mama New York City, one the World’s most important avant-garde theater, and performed as lead actor in "La Politique des Restes," a play by Arthur Adamov at Georgetown U., Washington, He also produced, translated, directed and acted in "Turn on the Lights I am Suffocating" at the 13th ST Theater in NYC, a comedy show with sketches originally produced at The Cafe de la Gare in Paris written by Romain Bouteille, Coluche, Sotha, with Jean's additional material,   

 

He was an interior designer for over 45 years.

Prior to moving to Sarasota, Florida, 38 years ago, Jean had also lived in Paris, London, Geneva, Washington D.C. and New York City.