"(...)Like Lucas Cranach already did 500 years ago with his Torgau altarpiece, Thomas Sommer from Torgau declares his pictoral world to a public room and the observer to a witness of our present time that is ruled by the media and its influence for war, art and consumption. With a colourful flood of signs, figures, texts and quotations out of the history of art to Beuys' "Dürer rabbit",with French fries, Coca Cola and repeatedly lovely painted juicy filet pieces, tastety sausages and honeycoloured waffles he draws the observer into an impenetrable maelstrom. Sensitively painted city landscapes, holiday happiness promising lawns, batman, even a piece of moon stone and a pretty Russian icon have their place in this kaleidoscope that is decorated with artificial flowers. Courbets word "one paints what one sees!" can't be followed more radical. Brilliantly Thomas Sommer uses different styles - from naturalism to Japanese comics(...)."
Christa von Helmolt, 2003
Thomas Sommer was born 1967 in Torgau (Saxony) and was studying art at the Academy of visual Arts Leipzig (1992 til 2001) under supervision of Prof. Arno Rink and Prof. Sighard Gille. He lives and works in Leipzig and Torgau.