Color, Pattern, and found/salvaged-material (Broken glass, aluminum sawdust, junkyard shoes gloves and rocks as canvas) enthusiast Thomas Scharfenberg:
Elyria resident since 2015
RiNo resident 2010-2015
Grew up with family still living in Arvada.
Graduated from RMCAD in 2007.
Docent at the Vance Kirkland Museum 2005-2010.
Maintained a live-work studio at Wazee Union 2010-2015, and was a lead muralist both there and at Rhinoceropolis 2013-2016.
They have held solo exhibitions at Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Longmont Art Center , Alto Gallery, Fiske Planetarium (photography) , and LowBrow Denver (2014, 2017, 2018).
They frequently collaborate with Koko Bayer, and Chris Bagley (as a group known as “BagBaySha”) on various video-sculpture-sound and scent installations (“Eyes Hearts and Body Parts” @Megafauna gallery and “Plastic Water” @Alto gallery, “Memories of Earth”@Leon Gallery).
You can see their Street work and Mural installations (frequently in collaboration with non profit “Birdseed Collective,” Of which they were a founding board member and volunteer 2015-2017) scattered across the city on storefronts, dumpsters, roadway viaducts, pedestrian walkways, even tacked to telephone poles…
Currently they’re co-operating a live-work neighborhood-studio/garden/experimentation situation called ClaudeHaus (started 2015) promoting the local neighborhood community and following closely the controversies and growing pains of current Denver.
Thomas finds much inspiration at day job, Tagawas wholesale flower greenhouse, frequent bicycle rides across the metro area, high-altitude hiking in the mountains, exploring, wandering, and taking pictures…