Jean-François Gavoty studied at the architectural school in Grenoble. He then became a restorer of sculptures and murals, and he taught art history, design, and fine art. In 1990, the Musée d’art contemporain had an exhibition of his works. The following year, Gavoty participated in the Biennale d’art contemporain de Lyon. His artworks have been presented in Germany, Austria, and Sweden. He produced a series of sundials that are on permanent display in different sites and buildings in France, including the Lycée Robert Doisneau, Collège Élie Coutarel, and the Saint-Barthélémy chapel.