Tom Marosz Biography

My Art is the culmination of some of the best and worst times of my life ?Combined with the mastery of skills, of craft, and the attempt to manipulate light in ways that no one expects.  My fascination with light has been a lifelong thing that is evident in every piece I make.  When I start a new piece, my desire is to control the light, and therefore the appearance of the piece, in a way that beckons you to see more around the corner and surprises at each turn.  Much of my artistic journey stems from my desire to produce pleasing shapes that flow,  reflect and refract the light, like that little spot on the horizon that catches your eye, making you keep looking back to watch it dance on the edge. I strive for technical perfection and attention to detail on every piece knowing full well I may never reach that goal but the journey is part of the fun.  
    Working with glass over the years I have found it has many different personalities and properties. It is versatile, frustrating, beautiful, surprising and sometimes unpredictable. My inspiration comes from my desire to continually investigate new techniques and stretch the abilities of glass. The end result is so satisfying.
    One of my favorite things to play with is the manipulation of negative space. Quite a powerful element when used correctly. Often it is the major element that explains the ?story? of my sculpture; most notably, my ?Tear For Henry? which I dedicated to my father. I have learned that inspiration can come at the most inopportune times in life, and you just have to let it flow through you. Some pieces are a direct reference to an exact moment in my life, while others are reflections of finely tuning my craft, exercising painstaking detail, and attempting absolute perfection of the process.
    I love working with glass knowing that one wrong move could send the piece flying into many pieces on the floor or one rare Gem ready to be displayed on its pedestal!

Credits
*Born November 21, 1951 Los Angeles California
*Living in San Diego since 1957

Education & Experience
*High School - San Diego
*Mesa College San Diego, Architecture
*Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Architecture ? Studies = Engineering, Physics and Mathematics
*Self-Taught Artist
*Ruben H Fleet consultant
*Wine Friday Workshops
*Art Glass Association workshops
*Apprenticeship, Lowry?s Hot Glass, Old Town
*2000 ? National Science Foundation Grant for Holographic Research
*1974 ? Cal Poly Architecture & Design


*Mentor for Eagle Scout glass art

Art Exhibitions
2018- Palm Beach Art Show, Florida
2017? Context, Miami
2017? SOFA, Chicago
2017?International Art Show, Boston
2017? ACA Fine Art Contest & Exhibit Cincinnati, OH
2017? Cube Art Fair: The American Art Fair of Brussels, Belgium
2017? Palm Beach Art Show, Florida
2016 ? Art Hamptons
2016 ? Palm Beach Art Show, Florida
2015 ? SOFA, Chicago
2015 ? AiBo, New York
2015 ? Waldorf Astoria Collection
2010 ? Hallmark Gallery, La Jolla CA
2008 ? Freed Gallery. Oregon
2007 ? Solo Exhibition: Collectors, Fine Art Las Vegas NV
2006 ? Solo Exhibition: Collectors Fine Art of Kauai HI
2004 ? Solo Exhibition Artisia , Vail Colorado
2004 ? Solo Exhibition: Le Jardin Des Arts, Denver CO
2003 ? Solo Exhibition: Artesia, Vail CO
2002 ? Solo Exhibition: Reflections, Palm Springs CA
1993 ? Lane Gallery, San Diego, CA



Publications
*Arabella , Canadian Art, Architecture & Design
*Schiffer Publications, Fall/Spring 2016 Glass Art
Awards  & Honors
2017  - ADC  Honorable Mention- A Tear for Henry
2012 ? People?s Choice Award, Southern California, Glass Art Society
1994 ? Award of Merit, San Diego Art Institute
1993 ? Best in show, San Diego Art Institute

Works Commissioned by
2017 ? Rayotek San Diego CA
2016 ? Kaiser Permanente San Diego CA
2016 ? Rayotek  San Diego CA
2016 ? David & Jean Laing Rancho San Diego CA
2011 ? Public Art Installation at ?The Law School of British Colombia? Vancouver BC
2009 ? Public Art Installation at ?Vantage Pointe? San Diego CA
1997 ? Public Art Installation at The Hilton San Diego Bay


*Featured artist donor for The Old Globe Theater for 20 years