German, born 1967
Thomas Schoos' career in the arts began in his native Germany where he studied fine art at Hauptschule Hacken Broich Dormagen and graduated from Berufskolleg as a member of the Dombauhutte (a prestigious university-level stone masonry program) where he apprenticed for three years at the Cologne Cathedral, one of the largest and most significant in Europe. This experience built a skill set based in the long tradition of European art and design. Schoos then moved into the world of commercial art, designing and painting scenery for fashion displays and exhibits. When his work started selling faster than the Yves Saint Laurent and Dolce & Gabbana haute couture displayed in front of it, Schoos decided to focus more on his career as an independent artist. Soon, he was selling pieces to major collectors and even royalty, including Prince Karl von Furstenberg (brother of Diane von Furstenberg) and Gloria, Princess of Thurn and Taxis.