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THOMAS KUNTZ: THE AUTOMATIST

by Ariadna Zierold

Thomas Kuntz is a contemporary artist fighting to bring ancient arcana and modern technologies together as weapons for aesthetic enlightenment. He was born in Phoenix Arizona, the youngest of four siblings. His father, a surgeon, and his mother, a folk artist and doll maker, both provided the necessary gene pool and a stimulating environment for him to grow into early on.

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Thomas has been working constantly as a professional artist since 1986, but his private projects tend to feature the mysterious, uncanny, sometimes darkly horrific and bittersweet sad aspects of human nature. He has devoted a lifetime to acquire the skills of designer, sculptor, mechanic, automatist, animator, model maker, painter and conceptualist.

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In the new world order marketplace of branding, globalization, automation, compartmentalization and the subsequent general shrinkage and decline of craftsmanship, Thomas is in fact a dying breed. His inspirations span the centuries and are cross-pollinated in subject matter and approach. Dada-surrealism, mechanical engineering, architecture, atom-age kitsch, erotica, exotica, classical renaissance, horology, anthropology, artificial life/androids and anatomy to name just a few. It is not uncommon to see his projects packaged with a strong dose of “gallows humor” theatrics and magic.