The works of F. Franciscus present modern art primarily inspired by classic European paintings, often with a biblical background. The artist’s sources of inspiration include pieces by painters like Hendrick ter Brugghen, Caravaggio, and Bronzino. Franciscus combines or re-arranges compositions of old masters depicting biblical stories in an up-to-date and idiosyncratic fashion. His themes are put in a modern context in an intelligent way, resulting in humorous and appealing art that can sometimes shock the viewer as well. Franciscus’ paintwork is in no case meant to insult but always tries to create space for a broader view on humankind.
Franciscus (27 April 1959, Utrecht) studied at the Utrecht School of Art. He lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In addition to paintings and drawings, his workfield includes sculpture, photography and film.