Before 2002

During an internship in 1984/85 in Berlin, Franciscus found his love for old masters. At a time when wild expressionists and post-modernists were rampant, Franciscus deepened himself against all trends in classical painting techniques. His previously comic-like paintings lost their black contours, and figures got depth through the layering of the painterly techniques taught by himself. The first adaptations, of among others Rubens and Caravaggio, also arose, and as a result biblical and mythological stories made their appearance. In the 90’s Franciscus painted the series called ‘Invisibles’, in which all human figures were omitted, creating a surreal commentary on contemporary spirituality. Christianity and other religious beliefs were often criticised by Franciscus in a humorous way.