Born in Vienna, Franke worked from 1973 - 1997 at the University of Munich, lecturing in computer graphics and computer art. His pioneering electronic abstractions paralleled those of Ben Laposky, leading however to his own personal and varied oeuvre. Franke has also written widely on computer art (See Essays section) and his first book Computer Graphics - Computer Art was the earliest comprehensive text on the subject. Franke has collaborated with colleague Horst Helbig in some artworks and essays.
Franke essay The New Visual language: The Influence of Computer Graphics on Art and Society
Franke essay The Expanding Medium: The Future of Computer Art