John Franzen was born in 1981 in Aachen, Germany. Both parents were nurses and instilled in him a sense that integrity, nature, and caring for other people is an important principle. He has a BFA from the Academy of Fine Arts in Maastricht, Netherlands. Working in various disciplines and materials, he focuses on the translation of complex concepts and structures often inspired by his observations of the natural world. “What I do is an expression of my emotions, based on my research. I leave these feelings in the form of images. This procedure focuses on my inner state. The concept for this is to be aware of my unconscious,” he says. Franzen lives and works in Maastricht, and has been exhibiting widely in Europe since he graduated.