Toma-L

Bio / Toma-L

Born in 1975 in Nantes, France.

Lives and works between Nantes and Marseille, France.

Thomas trained as a graphic designer, but soon broke free from the fetters and restraints to his creativity in order to wander around images freely, on site, in freelance. In 2001, he painted Mala Bestia, his first canvas.

He soon found his privileged formats and started to define his favourite masses, shapes and colours. His rich and prolific experience of living in Spain gave him a connection with Mediterranean colours.

He generally starts off with a sketch on a canvas then covers it with an excess of various matters (acrylic, oil paint, pastel) in order to later mix up all the remains once they’ve been scratched, worn and artificially aged. Then he allows abstraction and figurativeness to dispute which of them engendered the entities that emerge: faces, bodies, and bestiaries…

At first sight, his painting seems to bear old scars inherited from Basquiat’s painting.  

Thomas is engaged in his artistic élan but also knows how to involve others in it. A video filmmaker, photographers, an author and a stage designer mutualise their know-how around Vas-y (literally “go for it”), a new protean long-term project initiated in 2011 in Marseille. 

Exhibitions / Toma-L

SOLO AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2012 : Installation et projection, Gaité Lyrique, Paris, France
2012 : St-art, Galerie Saltiel, Strasbourg, France
2012 : ArtNim, Galerie Saltiel, Nîmes, France
2012 : “Exquis Brut”, Galerie 8, Vichy, France
2012 : Installation et Exposition, Halle St Pierre, Paris, France
2012 : Installation et Exposition, New Hôtel, Marseille, France
2012 : “Exquis Brut”, Galerie Australe, Saint-Denis de la Réunion
2012 : Exposition dessin et signature, Librairie Mazarine, Paris, France
2012 : Sm’art, Présentation du projet “Vas-y”, Aix en Provence, France
2012 : “Encres Solubles”, Galerie Saltiel, Aix en Provence, France
2012 : Art Fair Lille, Galerie Saltiel, Lille, France
2012 : Salon du livre, Projet “Vas-y”, Paris, France 
2012 : Exposition dessin et Installation, L’index, Nantes, France

2011 : Exposition de dessin liée au projet “vas-y”, Librairie galerie Datta, Lyon, France
2011 : Salon des antiquaires et des arts, Galerie D. Pluskwa, Marseille, France
2011 : St-art, Galerie Saltiel, Strasbourg, France
2011 : Archivision, Arttop gallery, Marseille, France
2011 : ArtNim, Galerie Saltiel, Galerie D. Pluskwa, Nîmes, France
2011 : La Villa, Calvi, Corse
2011 : St’art, Galerie Saltiel, Aix en Provence, France
2011 : “Libres Expression”, Galerie Richard Nicolet, Oppéde-en-luberon, France
2011 : Sm’art, Aix en Provence, France
2011 : Projet d’édition “Vas-y” 

2010 : New Hotel Of Marseille, Marseille, France
2010 : Addiction Gallery, Honfleur, France 
2010 : Sm’art, Aix en Provence, France 
2010 : “L’art d’être une Mini”, Aix En Provence, France
2010 : Galerie Barbara De Palma, Saint-Tropez, France
2010 : White House, Nîmes, France
2010 : Art Top Gallery, Marseille, France

2009 : Salon Archivision, Marseille, France
2009 : “Lexus”, Galerie Australe, Saint-Denis de la Réunion
2009 : ArtNim, Nîmes, France 
2009 : “Mix en bouche”, Maison Du Château, Aix en Provence, France
2009 : Art Top Gallery, Aix en Provence, France
2009 : Sm’art, Aix en Provence, France
2009 : “Maïeutique”, Galerie Australe, Saint-Denis de la Réunion

2008 : Résidences, New York, USA 
2008 : Galerie ID Art, Paris, France
2008 : Art Expo, New York, France

2007 : “At-Home”, Nantes, France
2007 : “Eco-Style”, Galerie ID Art, Paris, France
2007 : “Libre et instinctif”, Galerie ID Art, Paris, France

2006 : Galerie ID Art, Paris, France
2006 : “Figures libres” , Altercultura, Barcelone, Espagne