Chicago artist Thomas Fedro creates abstract art with zing and boundless humor. His original innovations of creative and playful discovery incorporate a combination of cubist collage and whimsical pop art that have an addictive rhythm all their own. Large paintings, deep colors, big features and bold lines that seem to be electrically charged represent an exiting way of seeing and experiencing the modern world through his eyes.
Tom lives and works in Arlington Hts., IL just outside of Chicago with his son Jordan. He attended Valparaiso University and The Illinois Institute of Art. He has owned several galleries in the Chicagoland area. Currently, he is represented by galleries in the US and Europe and recent special projects include pieces commissioned for the Broadway show "Rent", NBC television, the 40th anniversary of "The Second City", Toogood Wineries, Sweet Riot Candy Co. and Chicago's "Cow's on Parade". Corporate commissions include pieces for IBM, Hotel Allegro in Chicago, historic Navy Pier and Washburn Guitars.
As a painter I am interested in making the work of the soul more visible and real, enriching our everyday lives. It is in these moments when our soul speaks to us in a quiet, perhaps even a silent voice - wielding great power and influence at both a conscious and unconscious level.
A primary role of my art is to provide clarity and insight into issues of soul as inherent elements of man's role in creation. As awareness and consciousness increases, so does the clarity with which we are able to perceive the exquisite beauty and wholeness of creation. Ultimately, art acts as both a mirror and a lens that gives presence and visibility to that which previously was unseen, unknown and not understood, often residing in the underground of the conscious.
It is worthy to note that in this endeavor one learns that - the perception of all great beauty always has an element of "strangeness" and in its expression is an opportunity to truly know the perfection of all creation.
Painting is a universal language and its truths are accessible to all who view an image regardless of culture, nationality, age, language or status in life. The paintbrush is a tool that crosses cultures, breaks boundaries and grants access and connections that are not available through any other means.
In my work as a painter I seek expression and a deeper knowledge of these issues and in that pursuit a profound experience of being intensely alive. It is here that one’s life has resonance within our innermost being, knowing the intense rapture of life. By following our passion and our bliss and by being willing to enter the "underground", we find paths that have been there all the while, waiting for each of us. The life we live becomes the life we should be living and one has the opportunity to know the fire of passion and the continuing renewal of the life within. On this wondrous path, being an artist makes me become an instrument of story telling, spirituality, faith, seeing, knowing, exploration and celebration.