Picture 3. — Left: Beginning of work at Čateks, Right: During military service
Upon completion of his education in Zagreb and unsuccessful attempt to join the Academy of Fine Arts, he went to serve the military service in Tuzla. After a year and a half, he returned home and soon got a job in the textile factory Čateks, where he has spent his entire working life. He expressed his proactivity in the art by establishing the Art Association of Lower Međimurje (Prelog) with his fellow painters Franjo Ružman and Damir Šalari. Meanwhile, in 1988 his wife Đurđica gave birth to their daughter Ida and two years later to their son Jurica. In the early 1990s as a result of a common enthusiasm for the new situation in Croatia, a golden period of productivity and demand for the paintings of Franjo Mustač began. Exhibitions have been organized all over Croatia and abroad. The situation was very favourable until the global financial crisis in 2008. After that, the demand for luxury goods died down and the status of artists, especially in the small area of Međimurje, lost its importance. Nevertheless, Mustač continued to work, create, support his family, and live his past seamlessly through images that are flashing back out of his deepest memories.