Thomas Labarthe b. 1975

Thomas Labarthe, also known as Toma-L, is a French artist born in 1975. He currently resides in Nantes and works out of Marseille. 
 
In 2001, he discovered Jean Dubuffet at the Pompidou Center, an experience that he described as a "veritable electroshock." This led to the creation of his first painting, "Mala Bestia," three months later.
 
Over the years, Labarthe's work has become increasingly structured and defined, as he discovered the right formats, volumes, forms, and colours to express his artistic vision. His time spent living in Spain has had a significant influence on his work, with the colours of the south being a recurring theme.
 
Labarthe's style has been compared to that of Joan Miró, Jean Dubuffet, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. He paints from both his heart and stomach, creating works that are rich and evocative. He has exhibited his work in solo and group shows across France, Spain, Belgium, Tunisia, New York, and Montreal.