TOMAAS is a contemporary digital artist — best described as a MΞtaSurrealist — whose work combines NFTs, photography, animation, and other digital processes. Born in Hamburg, Germany, TOMAAS spent 18 years living and working in New York City before relocating to Paris in 2014, where he’s currently based.
TOMAAS creates visceral art that’s emotionally-charged. His work thus critiques the post-human zeitgeist of a society that’s increasingly dictated—and defined—by artificial intelligence and networked cultures.
Inspired by iconic surrealists such as Salvador Dali, Giorgio De Chirico, Eugène Delacroix and a background in fashion photography, TOMAAS has developed a unique visual language that breathes new life into the uncanny. His portraits are ethereal and romantic yet dystopian—overlaying aesthetic references such as Hollywood pin-ups and couture fashion with science fiction archetypes, like the cyborg, and symbols of speculative futures. In doing so, TOMAAS’s work confronts traditional notions of beauty and eroticism, while invoking post-internet philosophical and experimental concepts.
Recent notable NFT sales include Vegan Beauty and Hikikomori — both unique artworks that sold on SuperRare. Additionally, TOMAAS’s photography is in prestigious collections worldwide, such as the private collection of Higgin Kim in Korea. Mr. Kim sits on the Global Patrons Council (GPC) of Art Basel and is widely recognized as a leading collector of contemporary art.
TOMAAS has also exhibited widely in the traditional art world. In 2017, he was included in a group exhibition alongside acclaimed photographers David LaChapelle and Liu Bolin at the Royal Monceau Gallery in Paris, France. That same year he was invited to exhibit at the prestigious Venice Biennale. His work has been exhibited in New York City at several galleries and has been featured in numerous international publications, including: Vogue Italia, W Magazine, VS, Marie Claire, Elle, and Schoen, among others.
NFTs by TOMAAS are available via Superrare. His work has already found a cult following among crypto enthusiasts as a provocateur within the digital art realm.
TOMAAS is represented by the following Galleries:
Art Photo Expo www.artphotoexpo.com which has financed and produced exhibitions for the most famous contemporary photographers during Art Basel among others.
Vivendi Gallery https://www.artsy.net/galerie-vivendi
Artchives Gallery https://artchives.eu/
New York City
For commercial assignments TOMAAS is represented in:
New York City
Robert Bacall Representatives, Inc., https://www.bacall.com
Nitrox Photographers Management https://www.nitrox.it
2018 Art District Gallery” - Le Royal Monceau Raffles in Paris. Two month long group exhibition with David LaChapelle and Liu Bolin
2017 Invitation to showcase at the prominent Venice Biennale.
2013 Broadway Gallery, NYC
2013 Spacewomb Gallery, NYC
2012 A.O.F. Gallery, NYC
2011 SoHo Photo Gallery, NYC
2010 Taylor & Mackenzie Gallery Chelsea, NYC