Franc is a self-taught painter, working with acrylics on large cardboards, and creates haunting, realistic creatures, interspersed with fantastic tropes. His subject of choice are often small domestic animals with grand surreal or sci-fi themes. He explores themes such as our repressed consciousness of the food chain and the ruthless biology of life.
Back in the 1990s - when Franc still lived in Switzerland and was in his teens - he was in contact with another fellow painter, H.R. Giger. After Franc sent Giger samples of his work, Giger replied with a long letter (written on tracing paper - he probably was reaching for the next best substrate to pen a letter), giving Franc feedback and providing advise on the painting process. The most critical advise was to do painting "full-time" in order to not be distracted by other activities - an advice that Franc did not follow at that time. Instead Franc parked his passion for painting and traded it with the business world. He has since become a strategy consultant at an advisory firm located in Shanghai, China, and advises multinational corporations on their China strategies.
However, once Franc felt he had his slice of the "outside world" (living abroad in an exotic culture, interesting and challenging work, advising the largest companies in the world, having a loving wife and two kids), the itch of the "inner world" kept growing stronger. After 20 years of absence to painting, Franc returned to tap his creative veins. Whereas he dabbled a bit in oil paints, he finally completely switched to acrylics as those would give him faster results. Here he followed Giger's advise ("rendering with oil takes an awful long time to get it right").
In his works, he thinks that it is important to provide a sense of reality, and that surreal or fantastic elements should only account for 10% or so of the effect. The weird elements are sometimes the starting basis for the painting, or sneak only towards the end of the painting.
Inspirations come from different directions. Horrified by the chick culling practices in factory farming, and by the industrial food chain in general, Franc worked on a series of chicken that were made to be alive for the purpose to do (or to be food). Around 50 billion chicken are consumed worldwide annually, which Franc - although he is not a vegan - considers a huge degree of suffering and involuntary martyrdom that goes uncredited whenever we enjoy our daily breakfast.
Apart from darker themes , there are also plenty of satirical and humorous elements in his paintings, with some references to 1970s sci-fi illustrators. Franc interprets "biology" as a vibrant force, both threatening and transcending. Although Chinese or Asian design elements are rarely found in his work, the subjects express just that "fish out of water" allegory. Franc's feeling and experience of living in a different, alien culture and context , reflecting both fascination and fear, opportunity and shortcomings.