Born in Des Moines, Iowa, in January 1946, Tom Bochner spent his youth in the mountains of Colorado and the Midwest prairie. These sharply contrasting influences, along with a restless spirit and rebellious nature, helped shape his love of nature and appreciation for vivid colors. Bochner came to painting by an indirect route. In his late twenties, following a successful career in sales, he opened an art gallery that metamorphosed into one of the more successful commercial galleries in the Midwest. Through this exposure to the art world, his latent talent for painting sprung to life.
In 1985 Tom created Bochner Design Group in Tampa Florida, an artistic endeavor that combined the talents of many emerging artists from South Florida, whose work he exhibited at the Artexpo in New York City and Los Angeles for many years.
A major influence of his dramatic painting style was the late John Beardsley of Ybor City, Florida. Tom studied and painted under the tutelage of Beardsley at his Studio of Contemporary Art.
Bochner's paintings can best be described as bold, vibrant and bursting with energy. His media vary from oil, acrylic, and mixed media on canvas and masonite.
Tom's artistry continues to attract projects for corporate and private collections around the world.
Painting is an evolutionary search. It is for me intuitive, emotional and spontaneous. My paintings begin with a solid foundation exploding into pure color. After the initial layers of carefully laid texture and paint, the piece always takes on a life of its own. I set out to be honest and just be. My art is not just what you see but many levels of my life so come along on the journey and tell me what you see and feel. The solution will never be found, but the search is very exciting, necessary and fulfilling.