Franz Kernbeis’ art mostly reflects everyday life, showing objects from his surroundings or his past, such as tractors, ploughs, plants, buildings, bicycles, aeroplanes or animals. Swiftly and intuitively he lays out an almost unbroken structure in pencil, and subsequently fills it in pencil or coloured pencils. The delicate lineation of his early works has grown bolder over time, until from the 1990s, and particularly in the 2000s, he densely elaborates his abstract base structures with lines of various colour nuances. Typical of his work is his archaic form language, a clear, balanced structure. In 1990 Franz Kernbeis was awarded the Oskar-Kokoschka-Prize along with the Group of Gugging Artists. His works can be found at the Lentos Art Museum in Linz, the Essl Collection in Klosterneuburg and the Collection de l’Art Brut in Lausanne, among others.
Franz Kernbeis worked on his parents’ farm and lives at the House of Artists since 1981.