By Tommy Shenkar
Orginial / 175 x 122 cm
Acrylic, Graffiti on Canvas
Born in California in 1965, Tommy studied art history at Santa Monica College in California, with additional coursework in architecture and interior design. However, he still felt something was missing; though his work was creative, he was left unsatisfied. Knowing his strengths and skills, he made the choice to pursue a career utilizing his passion for aesthetics and beauty, dabbling in different fields from the design of high-end furniture to silversmith work. Over the years, Tommy became an upscale interior designer, designing projects for Hollywood elite.
It was only over the last few years that the need to evolve as an artist emerged and, once again, Tommy found himself in unfamiliar territory — as a painter. Pop artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Robert Mars always influenced him when creating. Growing up in California exposed Tommy to the Mexican culture and vibrant colors. He started using recycled wood and other materials, forging for his own path as a painter. The long journey that led Tommy to this point showed results instantly. He finally felt he was on the right track.
In his words: “If I lived this life without painting – what a tragic life I would have lived”. Tommy feels today his art is evolving together with him and his journey in life. He is full of ideas and unable to slow down his pace of creation. Delivering his feelings and thoughts artistically and rapidly as though addicted to a toxic drug, Tommy is a truly devoted artist.