Porträtzeichnungen

610  Raphael Etzensperger  9 Jahre 50X65 cm  Augsburg  03.01.2011
610 Raphael Etzensperger 9 Jahre 50X65 cm Augsburg 03.01.2011
619  Emanuel in meinen Händen  März 1992  Kohle 65X50 cm  Augsburg  12.01.2011
619 Emanuel in meinen Händen März 1992 Kohle 65X50 cm Augsburg 12.01.2011
1005  P 1258  Jonas und Moritz, 120 X 85 cm, Farbstift, Carbon, Kreiden, Kohle auf grundierter Leinwand, Augsburg, 20.9.2012 f1
1005 P 1258 Jonas und Moritz, 120 X 85 cm, Farbstift, Carbon, Kreiden, Kohle auf grundierter Leinwand, Augsburg, 20.9.2012 f1
Der Künstler Tomé mit Markus vor dessen rote Hand Porträt
Der Künstler Tomé mit Markus vor dessen rote Hand Porträt
905  P 1056  Dominik  158X110 cm  Ölkreide Kreide Kohle Farbstift auf grundierter Leinwand  Augsburg 30.12.2011
905 P 1056 Dominik 158X110 cm Ölkreide Kreide Kohle Farbstift auf grundierter Leinwand Augsburg 30.12.2011
912  P 1063  Andras  110 X 130 cm  Sepia Ölkreide Farbstift Kohle  Augsburg 20.1.2012
912 P 1063 Andras 110 X 130 cm Sepia Ölkreide Farbstift Kohle Augsburg 20.1.2012
830  P 962  Diese Augen  Augsburg  9.8.2011
830 P 962 Diese Augen Augsburg 9.8.2011
837  P969  Tränen  Staffelsee  24.08.2011
837 P969 Tränen Staffelsee 24.08.2011
835  P967  Von oben betrachtet  Staffelsee  21.08.2011
835 P967 Von oben betrachtet Staffelsee 21.08.2011
842  P980  Das Mädchen vor  der blauen Wand  40,5X61,5 cm  Staffelsee  4.9. und Augsburg 30.09.2011
842 P980 Das Mädchen vor der blauen Wand 40,5X61,5 cm Staffelsee 4.9. und Augsburg 30.09.2011
2742  P 4045  Gersthofen, 27.7.2017
2739  P 4042  fff...fish and fist fighting,  Neusäß, 26.7.2017
2741  P 4044  Angry Boy,  Neusäß, 26.7.2017
2737  P 4039  Neusäß, 25.7.2017
2738  P 4040  Little Indian with his horse,  Neusäß, 25.7.2017
2736  P 4038  Augsburg, 23.7.2017
Bayerische Leichtathletikmeisterschaft / Bavarian athletics championships / 22.und 23.7.2017 in Augsburg (60)
Bayerische Leichtathletikmeisterschaft am 22.und 23.7.2017 in Augsburg (12)
Bayerische Leichtathletikmeisterschaft / Bavarian athletics championships /22.und 23.7.2017 in Augsburg (65)
Bayerische Leichtathletikmeisterschaft am 22.und 23.7.2017 in Augsburg (45)
Bayerische Leichtathletikmeisterschaft am 22.und 23.7.2017 in Augsburg (67)
Bayerische Leichtathletikmeisterschaft am 22.und 23.7.2017 in Augsburg (66)
Bayerische Leichtathletikmeisterschaft am 22.und 23.7.2017 in Augsburg (52)
Bayerische Leichtathletikmeisterschaft am 22.und 23.7.2017 in Augsburg (1)
Bayerische Leichtathletikmeisterschaft am 22.und 23.7.2017 in Augsburg (33)
Bayerische Leichtathletikmeisterschaft am 22.und 23.7.2017 in Augsburg (22)
Bayerische Leichtathletikmeisterschaft am 22.und 23.7.2017 in Augsburg (32)
Bayerische Leichtathletikmeisterschaft am 22.und 23.7.2017 in Augsburg (70)
Bayerische Leichtathletikmeisterschaft am 22.und 23.7.2017 in Augsburg (53)
Bayerische Leichtathletikmeisterschaft am 22.und 23.7.2017 in Augsburg (61)
Bayerische Leichtathletikmeisterschaft am 22.und 23.7.2017 in Augsburg (19)
Bayerische Leichtathletikmeisterschaft am 22.und 23.7.2017 in Augsburg (30)
Bayerische Leichtathletikmeisterschaft am 22.und 23.7.2017 in Augsburg (9)
Bayerische Leichtathletikmeisterschaft am 22.und 23.7.2017 in Augsburg (2)
Bayerische Leichtathletikmeisterschaft am 22.und 23.7.2017 in Augsburg (56)
Bayerische Leichtathletikmeisterschaft am 22.und 23.7.2017 in Augsburg (69)
Bayerische Leichtathletikmeisterschaft am 22.und 23.7.2017 in Augsburg (24)
2735  P 4035  Monkeyboy, Carbon, Augsburg, 20.7.2017
2734  P 4034  Streetchildren from India, Carbon, Augsburg, 20.7.2017
Bayerische Leichtathletikmeisterschaft am 22.und 23.7.2017 in Augsburg (49)

Tomé with Markus in front of his drawn Portrait at the exhibition in Gersthofen 2012

Biography

 

Tomé Thomas Etzensperger, was born 25th May 1958 in Zürich/Switzerland and grew up in the middle of high mountains near the famous and impressive Matterhorn, where he graduated for his university-entrance diploma. He has an elder sister and a younger brother.

 

Since 1975 he was chief illustrator of the students magazine „Reflex“ and three years later he published his Cartoons regularly in the daily Swiss newspaper „Walliser Bote“.

 

1978 – 1983

 

He studied medicine at the University of Fribourg in the French part of Switzerland, but then changed his course of studies and became a graphic designer. His diploma dissertation consisted of four cartoon books - „Tomé s exeptionally unbearables“ - which were published in Germany. He studied animation film with Prof.O.O.Uhlig in Augsburg/Germany.

 

1983 - 1984  Exclusive „Drawing correspondent“ for a Swiss newspaper in Asia, where he also begun to draw children.

 

1983 – 1995 

 

As a free lance cartoonist, he published several cartoon books, political cartoons, funny posters and more than 1´000 daily comic-strips of his series „PiPO“ for magazines and newspapers in Switzerland, Germany and USA. He took part at several exhibitions and with his film „Psycho Chicken“ at the international animation film festival of Annecy in France.

 

1995 – 1998

 

Tomé studied again at the university of Augsburg and got a teaching degree for secondary schools. He is an art teacher since then for children from 10 to 17 years.

 

11.05.2009

 

In the castle of Rieneck he rebegun to draw children portraits and edified a catalogue raisonne, beginning with „1“. Meanwhile Tomé has drawn and painted more than 3´700 children from small size up to the size of 20 m².

 

18th March 2011

 

Inauguration/ opening of

Tomé s Children Portrait Museum

in Augsburg / Germany. Visit of Indian child filmstar Hemang („Harun Arun“) with his filmcrew.

 

The artist works for UNICEF and other children organizations on children´s causes.

 

Exhibitions and actions:

 

2011

 

-Friedberger Kunstausstellung

 

– Augsburg Peace Marathon with different red hand actions with his children against the abuse of children as child soldiers

 

– On 21 levels at the tower race in the students residential home in Lechhausen „The child in happiness and misery

 

– Primary school Meitingen (48 oversized children and eye portraits)

 

– exhibition for UNICEFThe Red Hand

 

2012

 

12.2. Exhibition at the 10th international „Red Hand Day“ at the junior high school Gersthofen

 

1.-17. Juni: Exhibition of 300 drawings in the Castle of Leuk in Switzerland

 

Radio Program  „Zum Kaffee“ / Radio „Rottu“

Public drawing for the children of the „sos children´s village“

Ambassador for the children aid organization „Oberwallis helps children in this world“

 

4.-5. August red hand actions at the 2.Augsburg peace marathon

 

28.10. Foundation of the international artists group Augsburger Konzil in the Balloonfactory Augsburg

 

25.11. Exhibition in the Balloonfactory Augsburg against the draft law of the German government for the legalization of circumcision of boys and exhibition under the  Brandenburger Tor in Berlin / receipt of a letter of the President of the federal president of Germany

 

2013

 

16./17.3. Augsburg Open

 

20./21.4. Exhibition in the Culture Park West in Augsburg

 

3.-5.Mai: Exhibition in the monastery Oberschönenfeld

 

10.8. until October: The children on the island Buchau in the Staffellake

 

30.9. bis 2.11. „Red Hand in the Tower“ in the Augsburg town landmark Perlachturm at the 25th Perlachtowerrace

 

13.11.13 - Febr.2014 - 143 Kinderportraitdrawings in the Arbeiterwohlfahrt (AWO) in three houses

 

2014

 

12.2. until March: Exhibition of more than 300 drawings at the 12th international Red Hand Day in the public library of Augsburg

 

April: Public drawing of cartoons for the disabled and sick children of the „Colored Circle“  at the spring fair “afa“ in Augsburg

 

Oktober: Big Eyes in the tower of Augsburg

 

2015

 

February: Red Hand Action with children of elementary schools at the public library of Augsburg and at the junior high school Gersthofen

 

August: Red Hand action against the abuse of children as child soldiers and violence against children at the Run for Peace 30 K

 

2017

 

Exhibition with drawings about children in war in the primary and Middle school am Eichenwald

 

 

Tomé lives in Augsburg / Bavaria / Germany since 1979. He is married and has two wonderful sons, Raphael and Emanuel whom he has often portrayed. There are 13 portrait books of him, countless cartoons and more than 3´000 drawings of children.

 

Press:

 

      Daily newspapers in Switzerland, Germany, India and USA as:

      Weltwoche - Bild – Walliser Bote – Berner Zeitung – Radio Rottu / Switzerland

      Neusässer – Meitinger - Augsburger Allgemeine – Stadtzeitung - Neue Szene – Gersthofer – Augsburg TV/ Germany

      Tomorrows Comics - Press Community / USA etc...

 

Just some words of the artist himself:

 

1976 /Tasaday boy

 

This Tasaday boy was THE VERY FIRST child that I have EVER drawn – that was in 1976, when I was 18 years old... my beginning to say so... that´s now 40 years ago and my older sister drew this very same boy as a kind of drawing competition, too... she lost her drawing, but I still have mine and I even redrew it in 2012 and the portrait of this boy is also painted on my kayak. We found the foto in the „National Geographic Magazines“ of our father that he got every month from America..., this magazines were my inspirations at that time, I grew up with them, and although at that time I could not read the English written texts I just LOVED the fotos and especially the drawings of the ancient people of history and the wonderful drawings of nature, the dinosaurs, the universe and everything imaginable. I still have the complete National Geographic magazines since 1955, high-class cloth-bound into two heavy books for each year. This Tasaday boy belonged to the "Stone age cavemen" of Mindanao on the Philippines, a tribe who had been discovered only 1972 and this boy was looking into the lens of that camera of this white man, never having seen a white man before, not knowing that from that day on his whole life would change. Both me and my sister were very impressed by his look. Looking back at this drawing today, it makes me kind of sad, because it is also a symbol of destroying the natural and innocent life of other human beings by the „White man“.

 

So I drew this boy because of his eyes, and because of his innocence and perfect beauty. The artist always seems to seach for the „ultimate beauty“. Well...these children´s eyes always touched me ever since! That´s why the face and the eyes of my children that I draw are so important to me and the biggest compliment I ever got was by a father who told me that I really cought the soul of his son Samuel in my drawing. I drew this very special boy Samuel when he was twelve years old and meanwhile he has grown up and I have drawn his wonderful daughter, too. When you want to be able to capture the soul of someone in his eyes I believe that you have to love this person. Children to me are the most precious „creatures“ imaginable, they are our future and they deserve it that you take them and their dreams for serious. But they are also beautiful and admirable, and that´s why I also draw the natural beauty of children because people only want to protect what they recognize as being beautiful. But on the other hand I also draw the war children, the abused children and even the tortured and dead ones, and these children portrait drawings may be disturbing for the people who look at them, but for me it is important to diusturb the souls of people, to make them think and it is extremely important for me not to forget these children who have to live in misery, suffer starvation and poverty, are beaten to death by their parents or fight in wars for adults– but even here you can discover a smile and the beauty of these children. No adult can laugh and look at you as a child so naturally does all the time.

 

Tomé   June 2016

 

This is in English language, too:

http://kinderportraitmuseum-aktionen.jimdo.com/the-dark-side-installation/


Three things are left from paradise:
The stars of the night,
the flowers of the day
and the eyes of the children.
(Dante Aligheri 1265 - 1321)

 

www.tome-art.com

 

 

 

Tasaday Boy / drawn 1976