Son of a stonemason, Thomas Scheibitz (Radeberg, East Germany, 1968) started to work as a painter in the early nineties but later expanded into producing sculpture. In 1991 he studied alongside his peers Frank Nitsche and Eberhard Havekost at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Dresden. In 1996 he obtained his MFA from the same university, taught by Ralf Kerbach, a leading German trans-avant-garde painter. His work is based on spectators’ stereotype-induced expectations and uses synthetic processes of replication and very simple artwork. His sculptures resemble designer objects and his paintings imitate graphic design, but always with the paradoxical dimension of continuous superimposition of layer upon layer. Thomas Scheibitz sees painting as fabricating a second nature, as if it were placed in an artificial world by right: he therefore reflects the worlds of typography and logos as an independent system of signs. Pieces such as Untitled (No. 378) are a good example of how sculpture has become key to his work; it is also somewhat figurative, with the same heraldic condition as his painting. For these three-dimensional pieces, he starts with folded-paper models and in their final form they retain a style based on superimposed planes and fields of colour. Based in Berlin, he has had several solo exhibitions, including at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London (1999), the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (2001) and the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin (2007). He also took part in the Bienal de São Paulo (2004) and represented Germany at the Venice Biennale (2005).