About the artist
A life dedicated to beauty, humanity and the planet
Born in 1957 in Geneva, Switzerland, Thomas completes his training as an advertising photographer in the United States from 1980 to 1983, at the famous Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, from where he graduates with honors, having won scholarships awards from the institute and Fuji twice.
Back in Switzerland, he practices as an advertising photographer for one year in Geneva. During this period he creates a first series of abstract photographic works in black and white.
Thomas then joins the International Committee of the Red Cross. During his fourteen years as a humanitarian worker, he has the opportunity to follow and learn new technologies of digital images.
When he returns from his humanitarian missions in 1999, alongside of his work as a graphic artist and multimedia developer, he develops his particular artistic style in the treatment of digital photography.
Thomas creates a first series of digital works between 1999 and 2003, often still marked by very graphic elements drawn from architectural structures and graffiti.
In 2002, he founds the Geneva association Aquaverde in support of indigenous peoples of the Amazon in their struggle for the safeguarding of the Amazon forest.
Thomas does not know it then but this is where a great adventure begins with the indigenous tribes of the amazonian rainforest.
During the following years, he creates a large number of photographies during his repeated trips in the primary forest with his native friends and starts to apply his digital technique to his photographic work in the Amazon rainforest.
Since a few years, his swiss friends knowledgable in contemporary art encourage him to pursue as an artist, to express his visions and impregnate us with the unsuspected world of energies and spirits thriving in the Amazon rainforest. They are revealed to him thanks to his indigenous brethren.
Indeed in 2006, Thomas is adopted by the Surui tribe, and thanks to Chief Almir, he works alongside some of the greatest indigenous and inspiring amazonian indigenous leaders, deeply rooted in their struggle to save their peoples and the Amazon rainforest.
Among them, Thomas encounters and creates strong bonds with someone who stands out particularly, driven by an extremely high level of consciousness and a grand vision for the survival of the planet, the spiritual tribal leader of the Ashaninka tribe, Benki Piyãko.
The Ashaninka have managed to maintain ancestral traditions despite the impact of white man. They are the bearer of the immense Ashaninka spirituality and forest pharmacopoeia knowledge. Their link to nature is an example for the world. Benki is recognised today as one of the most famous shamans in the Amazon.
And Benki whispers to him: “Thomãs, I see you suffering from your heart condition, your occidental science has its limits, we want to keep you with us for many years. If you wish, I can heal your heart and open your soul to dimensions of which your civilisation does not have any idea. I will help you to find a true link with nature, the planet, the universe. I will guide you to open your consciousness and strengthen your creative power so that you can become a voice of the forest heard around the world“.
And so he does.
And the forest smiles.
And you will thus discover throughout Thomas’s brightly colored “Photonergetic Dreams” the luminous revelations of an enchanted world.
AS AN ARTIST
1981 to today
- 2016-2019: Creation of “THE AMAZONAUTS”, a digital photographic series in search of the Amazon rainforest spirits, exhibit planned in 2019 at the Deutsch Museum, Lausanne Switzerland
- 1999: Creation of the “INDUSTRIAL DISEASE” series, mastering a new digital style, exhibit in Geneva
- 1997: Creation of the “WALLS” series, first digitally treated photographic compositions, exhibit in Geneva
- 1987: Black and white Experiments, photographed china ink on glass. Collective Portrait Exhibit at the CHATEAU DE NYON, One auto-portrait print bought by the museum.
- 1982: Laureate, Fuji scholarship award, Brooks institute and Los Angels Art Center photographic contest and exhibit
- 1981: Laureate, scholarship award, Brooks institute photographic contest and exhibit
2000 – TODAY
- 2000 – 2018: Founder designer, Greenwaters Design company (www.greenwaters.com) .Graphic and web design in Geneva, mainly attending institutional clients.
- 2002 – 2018: Founder and President of Association Aquaverde (www.aquaverde.org), a swiss non-profit dedicated to the preservation of the Amazon rainforest by indigenous peoples.
1998 to 200 INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED CROSS
- 1993-2000: In charge of multimedia production, department of dissemination of humanitarian law to armed forces, ICRC headquarters, Geneva. Various ICRC photographic missions in Azerbaijan, Croatia, Serbia, Cambodia, USA and Australia.
- 1992-1993: ICRC Delegate in Sierra Leone, responsible for the Kenema sub.delegation, in charge of field operations
- 1991: ICRC delegate in Kuwait: Emergency intervention, Kuwait-Irak border
- 1990-1991: ICRC Delegate in Sri Lanka, in charge of relief operation in Tamil tigers rebel areas, Jaffna peninsula
1989 FLYING PIXEL Photo studio
- Founder, commercial – industrial – advertising photographer, Geneva Switzerland
1984 to 1988 INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED CROSS
- 1987-1988: ICRC delegate in Thailand, in charge of humanitarian operation , cambodian northern border displaced persons camps
- 1985-1986: ICRC delegate in the Philippines, in charge of ICRC humanitarian operations on the island of Mindanao
- 1984-1985: ICRC delegate in Angola, organisation of relief logistics, ICRC shipping and air operation, angolan internal conflict
- 1984: ICRC delegatein Iran, monitoring of prisoner camps, Iran-Iraq conflict