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.