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      I am a painter living and working in New York City. Upon my arrival, my first job was working for Linda Fargo in the Broadway windows  at Macy’s Herald Square.

     I attended the Studio School of Painting and Scupture on 8th Street in Greenwich VIllage where the primary focus is drawing and painting from nude models and still life. The School of VIsual Arts (SVA) in Chelsea is where I received my Master of FIne Art. My influences while there included ongoing discussions with Robert Mangold, ELizabeth Murray, WIll Insley, and BIll Agee. My early work before I arrived in NYC was influenced by the New York Minimalist School.

     In NYC I witnessed the end of minimalism and the reintroduction of recognizable imagery in painting. As I experienced artists and the art scene transitioning from Soho to the vibrant emerging multilayered East VIllage, to Chelsea, to the Lower East Side, to Brooklyn, to the world, my subsequent work maintained minimalism as a foundation while incorporating the spirit of the recognizable imagery movement.

Large Omayra Drawing II

Pencil, water color, gouache, screenprint on paper

19 March - 17 May 1999

Sheet 39"x 29"

Image 285/8"x 253/4"

Werner R. Thomas Biography



School of Visual Arts, Master of Fine Art

        New York City, 1987

New York Studio School of Painting & Sculpture

         New York City, Summer 1985

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

         Bachelor of Arts, 1980


Milwaukee, Wisconsin


2020  Twelve Windows

          Chelsea, NYC, Solo Exhibition 

2017  Twelve Windows

          Chelsea, NYC, Solo Exhibition 

2014  Galerie BE-Espace

          Paris, Solo Exhibition 


2011  Galerie BE-Espace

          Paris, Two Person Exhibition 


2004  Galerie BE-Espace

          Paris, Group Exhibition


2002  Synchronicity Fine Arts

          Greenwich Village, NYC

          July 16-Aug 10, 2 Person  Exhibition   


2002  Synchronicity Fine Arts

          Greenwich Village, New York

          Jan 8 -Feb 2, XIII Jury Exhibition


2001  Jay Grimm Gallery

          Chelsea, NYC, May 31-June 28

          Group Exhibition


2000  GalleryOneTwentyEight

          Lower East Side, NYC

          Sept 7-30, Group Exhibition

2000  GalleryOneTwentyEight

          Lower East Side, NYC

          Jan 5-30, Group Exhibition

​1999  GalleryOneTwentyEight

          Lower East Side, NYC

          Dec 1-23, Solo Exhibition

1999  GalleryOneTwentyEight

          Lower East Side, NYC

          Dec 1-23, Group Exhibition

1998  Works On Paper

          Philadelphia, PA

          March, Group Exhibition

1989  Haggerty Museum of Art

          Marquette University 

          Milwaukee, WI, Group Exhibition

1983  Ruth Volid Gallery

          Chicago, IL, Group Exhibition

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