Vladimír Franz

Intro Czech composer, painter, professor and university educator
A.K.A. Vladimir Franz
Is Painter Musician Composer Educator Lawyer Politician
From Czech Republic
Type Academia Arts Law Music Politics
Gender male
Birth 25 May 1959, Prague, Czech Republic
Star sign Gemini

Vladimír Franz (born May 25, 1959 in Prague, Czechoslovakia), is a Czech composer, painter, university scholar and occasional journalist, poet and playwright. Since mid-1980s he has composed stage music for more than 150 theatre performances—for many of them he was awarded national-level prizes—he has also composed a symphony, several operas, oratorios, a musical, ballet, as well as film music and music for documentaries and radio plays. His second main area of activities in the field of arts is represented by painting. Since 1991 he has been a lecturer at the Prague's Faculty of Theatre. In 2012 he was also a registered candidate in the 2013 Czech presidential election. The attention of local as well as world media has been attracted to him usually due to his extraordinarily extensive tattoo.


Franz was born in Prague. He studied at a gymnasium and later at the Faculty of Law of Charles University (1978–1982). During his studies, he took private lectures in painting, composition, art history and music history. After his studies, he did not enter legal practice, but instead spent the 1980s in a variety of jobs, including as a high school teacher. In 1981, he co-founded the theatre Kytka, and gradually moved his attention to scenic music. Since 1991, he has worked as a teacher at the Faculty of Theatre of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. In 2004, he was appointed Professor of Dramatic Arts. In 2013 he was a candidate in the Czech presidential elections. He placed 5th in the first round with 6.84% (351,916 votes), but did not qualify for the second round.


Vladimír Franz is known also for his extensive tattoos, including facial ones. His unusual appearance attracted the attention of world press during the 2013 presidential election. In an interview for the TV NOVA, he commented:


Franz is a six-time recipient of the Alfréd Radok Award: 1998 – scenic music to the play Bloudění (Jaroslav Durych), directed by J. A. Pitínský, National Theatre, Prague 2000 – scenic music to the play Hamlet (William Shakespeare), directed by Vladimír Morávek, Klicperovo divadlo, Hradec Králové 2002 – scenic music to the play Marketa Lazarová (Vladislav Vančura), directed by J. A. Pitínský, National Theatre, Prague 2005 – scenic music to the play Devotion to the Cross (Pedro Calderón de la Barca), directed by Hana Burešová, Brno City Theatre 2006 – scenic music to the play Amphitryon (Molière), directed by Hana Burešová, Brno City Theatre 2007 – scenic music to the play Smrt Pavla I., Brno City Theatre

Published works

Franz posing with a human skeleton, 2012. Kamenný most – 1997 Faust – 1998 Cirkus Humberto – 1998 Júdit Tractatus Pacis – 1999 Vladimír Franz pro Národní divadlo – 1999 Gazdina roba – 2000 Rút – 2001 Kruhy do ledu – 2002 Ha-Hamlet !!! (Shakespearovská svita) – 2005 Triptych: Smrt Pavla I, Amfitryon, Znamení kříže – 2007

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