Thomas Zika

1963, Haan (Germany)

I saved the admirals life



Somnambule.

Education
1986-92 Studies of Visual Communication and Photography at the University of Applied Sciences Dortmund
1996 DAAD Grant for Postgraduates at the University of Applied Arts Vienna
1996-99 Master of Arts at the University of Wuppertal, Faculty of Art and Design

Awards
1994 Photography as art-Award, Sparkasse Pforzheim, Germany
Fritz-Berg-Memorial-Grant for Visual Arts, SIHK Hagen, Germany
1996 DAAD-Grant for Postgraduates in Vienna, Austria
1997 Mosaique-Grant for Photography of the CNA Centre National de l’audiovisuel, Luxemburg
1998 2. Grand Prix de la Ville de Vevey, Switzerland
2000 First Prize photography competition STADT/LAND/FORM, Solingen, Germany
What is Knowledge-Award for Photography, ABB, Zurich, Switzerland
Merit at Otto-Steinert-Award for Photography 2000, Cologne, Germany
2004 Catalogue grant of the Bureau of Cultural Affairs Wuppertal, Germany
2012 Artist-in-Residence Grant at CCA Andratx, Mallorca, Spain

Latest exhibitions from 2008 onwards

Solo Exhibitions
2008 “papillons”, Gallery GAM Obrist, Essen, Germany
2010 “Vordembildistnachdembild”, Projektraum-BHF25, Kleve
“butterflies-I saved an Admiral’s life”, Gallery GAM Obrist, Essen
2011 “butterflies-I saved an Admiral’s life”, Gallery Van Kranendonk, The Hague, Netherlands

Group Exhibitions
2008 “surf-inspired”, Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, California
“Diasec”, Gallery Van Kranendonk, The Hague, Netherlands
2009 “Transforming photography”, Edward Cella Art + Architecture, Los Angeles
“Kaunas Photo Days”, Kaunas, Lithuania
2010 “Hierogamos – Les quatre Elements – Biennale Internationale de l’Image”, Nancy, France
“Experimentale”, Hochbunker, Internationale Photoszene, Cologne
“Szene Rhein-Ruhr”, Galerie Klose, Würzburg
“Touch of Eden”, Galerie Samuelis Baumgarte, Bielefeld, Germany
2011 “The Color White”, Gallery GAM Obrist, Essen, Germany
“Update”, Gallery van Kranendonk, The Hague, Netherlands
“Atlantica Collectivas”, Fotonoviembre, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canarian Islands, Spain

Work in collections
Sparkasse Pforzheim
Südwestfälische Industrie- und Handelskammer, Hagen
Musée de la Photographie, Vevey, Switzerland
BĂĽrgermeisteramt der Stadt Nizza, France
Centre national de l’audiovisuel, Dudelange, Luxemburg
Kunstsammlung der Stadt Dudelange, Luxemburg
Sparkasse Wuppertal
Kunstakademie Essen
Landesbank Baden-WĂĽrtemberg
Dortmunder Energiewerke DEW21
Achmea Leiden, The Netherlands
Royal Caribbean, Oslo
AIDA Cruises