Painter, designer, programmer, photographer, experimental musician — Thomas Arthur Schaefer was born on Valentines Day, during the ensuing chaos of one of the deadliest blizzards to ever hit the city of Buffalo, New York – The Blizzard of '77.
Thomas brings a diverse background to the fine art world, having designed and directed for leading Fortune 500 companies where his fine art background and adeptness enabled him to look beyond the contrived ideas of the everyday and develop stunning design solutions. By the age of 16 he had already accumulated a large collection of awards for his work, had the National Holocaust Museum positioning to acquire a painting of his, and was quietly filling an apprenticeship inking comic books for Marvel and DC comics under artist John Lowe. His musical background spans 20 years, with trained and self studies in woodwinds, brass, percussion, guitar and piano. He's gone on to record a large body of experimental music utilizing lo-fi home recording techniques. He studied portraiture with the chinese sculptor Wei Ning Song at age 20 and focused his efforts in the fields of illustration and photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design. After graduation from college, he spent one year teaching himself graphic design, skills which have garnered him major corporate accounts and several awards in the field. Not satisfied with brand identity and print alone, he went on to teach himself interactive design and programming, once again bringing hungry new clients to his doorstep.
Schaefer's upbringing in all fields of the arts, which includes instruction in theatre, dance and film, has transformed him into what some have classified as — "A stealthy polymath, poised to pounce on the art world in a moments notice." But in the meantime, he is content to work away quietly in his studio continuing to produce a few hundred new works every year. His working methods fall under several idioms of art production including: Process, Conceptual, Arte Povera, Pop, Correspondence, Performance, & Video. His work has been exhibited across the country and he maintains a large set of dedicated collectors and a small cult following in the mail art domain. His shows have twisted the comfortable confines of normal gallery exhibitions and left some viewers feeling sick, disoriented, bothered and even outraged. That said, his work has been described as acutely mature, intellectually nuanced, sometimes controversial, but always invariably his own.
He can often be found sitting at his favorite local bar Elmyr, popping silently in and out of local galleries or busily working away in his studio which is filmed and broadcast live over the internet 24/7.