1954 born in Döbeln, Saxony
Training as a typeface and poster painter
Work as stonemason and grave stone designer
1975 studies in painting and graphics at the renowned Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig under the teachers Arno Rink and Volker Stelzmann
1980 work as a freelance artist
1986 Emigration to the FRG after conflicts with the rulers and an exhibition ban in the GDR
Since 1987 exhibitions in galleries, art associations and museums
Since 1989 temporary work stays in Leipzig
2002 One-year artistic work on a 60 sqm altarpiece in the Marienkirche Crailsheim – Onolzheim
2006 to 2015 studio and residence in Leipzig
Thomas Gatzemeier lives and works mainly in Karlsruhe, but also spent some time in Zurich and near Worpswede.
His painterly work, stylistically unbounded, circles the female body again and again, is oriented towards nature and connected with the tradition of the objective image. Although this objectivity was abstracted in earlier phases of the work, it was always based on explicitly organic forms. Today, the clearly drawn, almost neoclassical act is the focus of his work.
Exhibitions at Kunstwerk Nippes: