François Gianolla was an artist of Swiss origins who was born in the Belgian town of Montignies-sur-Sambre, near Charleroi. A follower of the Clear Line style, he was the staff artist for the "kajotters" movement, the Catholic youth organization. He is the author of the adventure comic 'Fred, Mile et Bob'. The comic first appeared in the Catholic magazine Mon Avenir in 1931, and was later also published in Avant Garde and La Cité Nouvelle. An album was published by Dupuis in the 1940s. He also produced 'Les Pages du Roi Richard', that appeared at SPES publishers.
Gianolla illustrated many posters for mass manifestions in a style resembling Masereel's. He was touched by the living and working circumstances of the working class, especially the miners. He used that in his poems, which were collected in the book 'Sang du Pays Noir'. Shortly after World War II, he was an artist/cartoonist for the Katholieke Werkliedenbeweging (the Catholic worker's movement) and a Christian organization. He passed away in Nalinnes in October 1990.