Photo: Christine Trewer, 2014

Thomas Baumgärtel

* 1960 Rheinberg, Germany

1985–1990 studies of Fine arts at the Technical University Cologne, and till 1995 psychology at the University of Cologne. In 1986 the Cologne artist began making his mark in art locations in European cities as well as in New York and Moscow, under the pseudonym “Banana Sprayer”—over 4000 to date. As of 1995, he developed “Banana Pointillism” – a painting style using small stencils to spray banana onto canvass. Performances with huge banana sculpturs at public places such as „Wir lieben die Hohe Kirche“ (We Love the High Church) in front of the main gate of the Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral), 1998; project for Berlin: “Wir lieben die Vereinigung” (We Love the Re-Unification) at Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate).