biography of Thomas Kuebler

Tom Kuebler with his creation, Necrobot
There are high-detail life sculptors out there who provide an awesome caliber of realism; sculpture so life-like that even under the closest scrutiny you expect it to move. This kind of art requires the mastery of many mediums, and while I strive to achieve that mastery, realism is secondary to the focus of the work. I want to tell wild stories in a single three-dimensional portrait and literally flesh out a biography with hair, clothing, trinkets, teeth and fingernails, etc. To me, what is most important is to create "the character" first and foremost, because all of the special effects in the world can't save you if you start with a lousy script.

- Tom Kuebler

Young Tom and friend


After years of working in the corporate art world of toy design prototypes and bringing robots to life in the animatronics field, Thomas Kuebler opted to explore his full creative potential as a multi-media sculptor.  Armed with the tools of his trade, a supportive wife and the odd inhabitants of his own personal fiction, he set forth on a mission to bring the world inside his head to life.

Kuebler’s award-winning silicone character sculptures have exhibited at venues such as LACMA, Los Angeles; The Society of Illustrators, NYC; Galeria Clave, Spain; Copro Gallery, Santa Monica; The Allentown Art Museum, Pennsylvania and The Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio.  Other venues include the offices of DC Comics, Guillermo del Toro’s Bleak House and private collections around the world.  His sculptures have been featured in publications such as Spectrum, Rue Morgue, The ARC Salon Catalog, Infected by Art, Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities, Amazing Figure Modeler Magazine, Gothic Art Now and many more.

Over the past fifteen years, Thomas has won several Spectrum awards and Infected By Art awards.  He has been a finalist in the Art Renewal Center’s Salon Competition and an ASFA Chesley Award nominee multiple times.  In 2014, he had the privilege of being selected to be a Guest Artist Juror for Dragon Con’s art show in Atlanta.

This year, Kuebler is honored to be an IX Commissioned Artist for IlluxCon (IX) 2016.  This fantastic art show/event will be held from October 19th – 23rd at The Goggleworks Center for the Arts in Reading, Pennsylvania.  Also a great honor, Kuebler’s sculptures are featured prominently in the exhibition Guillermo del Toro: At Home With Monsters at LACMA in Los Angeles.  The exhibition will remain at LACMA until November 27th, 2016 before traveling to the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Art Gallery of Ontario in 2017.

Thomas Kuebler, his wife, and their beloved animals currently reside in Ohio.

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