Since 1991 solo exhibitions and group projects in the fields of painting, hydrography and design. Since 1994 working as freelance artist and designer for international brands. From 1988 to 1993 study of Industrial Design at the FH München, finishing with the diploma. In 1989 discovering the technique of Hydrography, sine then further developing this technique an dcreating large hydrographic series. Thomas Michel was born in Darmstadt in 1966, he lives and works in Bamberg.
For Thomas Michel painting is the essential part of his work despite the dominance of electronic media. He sees painting as a mirror of the human soul and its workmanship as a way to self-awareness, driven by the will to form. History is full of déjà vu moments, which is why he considers the function of contemporary art to visualize archetypical content in a current shape. His pictures critically deal with social and political issues on a timeless level by extracting the essence and condensing the messages. Thomas Michel creates complex layers of paint by making textures, colors, glazes and automatic techniques interact with each other, thus giving the viewer room for contemplation. Minimal displacements of reality question the common context to address directly the subconcious by abandoning reaon.
Solo exhibitions / projects: 2015 1000 Years Michaelsberg Bamberg, virtual light installation – 2015 Cranach Contemporary, TMCA project space – 2011 Cyclus Cerealis, Galerie Frenhofer, Berlin – 2009 Darwinland, Galerie Frenhofer, Berlin – 1998 Premiere light show Pictures at an Exhibition, Lichtspielkino/Kunstverein Bamberg
Group projects / art fairs: 2017 Favorite Things, Stadtgalerie Bamberg Villa Dessauer, BBK Oberfranken – 2016 Coming and Going, Neues Rathaus Bayreuth, BBK Oberfranken – 2011 Communication Berlin-Havanna, Galeria Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, Havanna – 2009 Artfair Berliner Liste, Galerie Frenhofer – 2009 Artfair Berliner Kunstsalon, Galerie Frenhofer
In the modernist period the concept of disrupting habitual ways of seeing was preached like a mantra. Due to the digital barrage of images, however, art is challenged to teach man seeing in the 21st century again.