A self-described creative, Thomas Zuber has been driven to 'make stuff' from an early age. From winning an American Bicentennial locker-art competition in the first grade to exhibiting his latest feature-length film in local theaters, Zuber has indeed been creatively industrious. After receiving his BA in Fine Arts, with a concentration in sculpture, from Indiana University, South Bend, in 1991, Zuber embarked on exploring woodworking techniques, culminating in independent furniture and custom kitchen installations in Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan. In 1995, he was offered a teaching position in Bloomington, MN. There, Zuber learned the art of teaching as he instructed students in Calligraphy, Drawing, Colored Pencils, Painting, and Art History. In 2002, he returned to the South Bend, IN area and taught at a private school. During this period he exhibited and sold numerous semi-abstract watercolor and acrylic paintings in the Northern Indiana area. It was at this point that Zuber began exploring the art of filmmaking, digital photography and image manipulation. Throughout this process, Zuber grew as an independent filmmaker, having written, produced and edited three feature-length films between 2008 and 2012.
As well as being an adjunct instructor, Zuber is currently teaching Media Arts, Interactive Media and Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate Art at a local high school, and has recently obtained his MA in Art Education through Boston University. As well as teaching, Zuber is also pursuing art shows and festival opportunities through which he can exhibit his two-dimensional work. While his art and visual expressions have evolved over time, one thing remains consistent: Zuber is a creative thinker who continues to be driven to 'make stuff'. He has found expression through multiple media and will continue to share his visions with others.
I like to think of my art as visual conversations. Like any good conversation, emotion, thoughts and differing perspectives are presented until some conclusions are reached. We may not always know the outcome, but we participate in a journey of thought and leave with new understandings. My artwork is very similar to a good discussion of thoughts, ideas, and emotions. I begin the visual discussion with simple mark making. Colors, lines, shape, textures and movements all begin to interact until a visual balance is achieved, new ideas evolved, and the final painting has come into itís own. My finished abstractions communicate their own way to those who take the time to look and engage. All too often, collectors see more than I ever intended to paint, as they join the conversation with my work. They come with expectations, and leave smiling with new understanding, and new revelations.