Theo Tobiasse (1927-2012)

Born in Palestine and brought to Paris as a child, Theo Tobiasse created his earliest drawings before World War II. After the war, having spent the crucial years of his youth hiding from the Nazis in a Paris apartment, he became a successful commercial designer until 1961, when he decided to devote his full attention to painting.

Tobiasse's style of painting is highly sophisticated. His technique is a painterly blend of surrealism, expressionism, and modern primitivism. His themes are literary, often biblical, and at times, erotic. His paintings seem to transcend history - fusing dreams, mythologies, biblical stories and his own past - into rich metaphors for the world of the present.

An internationally acclaimed artist, Tobiasse's works are included in numerous private, corporate and museum collections worldwide.

Theo Tobiasse, Femme Foraine

'Femme Foraine,' 1981, carborundum gravure, 38" x 28",  Edition #72/75