Thomas Dellert-Bergh also known as Thomas Dellacroix and Tommy Dollar
a name given to him by American Pop artist Andy Warhol in New York 1980 when Thomas did some hand printed silkscreens for Warhol.
(born 12 July 1963) is a Swedish multimedia artist, photographer, painter, actor, singer, songwriter, poet, film maker, director, fashion designer, theatre set designer and interior decorator.
TD THE PHOTOGRAPHER
As a contemporary art photographer, he has had as well over 100 international exhibits in museums and galleries, as many international art photography magazine covers, and extensive reportage.
Photo Scandinavia did the biggest single reportage in the history of the magazine since its start, when on 11 pages, they showed 48 pictures of Dellacroix & Dellfina.
"Self-portraits have practically existed since the beginning of art, but to do "self-portraits of others" it seems to be something that Dellacroix and Dellfina are quite alone with on the artistic scene. Contemporary, it feels both visually and meaningfully wise. It is an art form on the borderline between reality and illusion."
Jan Almlöf, editor in chief of PHOTO (Foto) Scandinavia
As a contemporary, provocative art photographer he has worked under the name of Dellacroix in symbiosis with former wife and partner Agnieszka Dellert-Dellfina between 2001 to 2012 when they divorced and went separate ways . He has also collaborated with photographer Ellen von Unwerth, photographer Bruno Ehrs photographer Raphael Yoshitomi photographer Philipp Mueller
He now lives and work with Ruby Vava Venezia since 2013.
TD THE CONTEMPORARY VISUAL ARTIST
He has had over 100 International exhibitions during the last 30 years. He is represented in collections like The Absolut Vodka Collection, The Heinz collection the Swedish Royal family Collection, and in several museums, like the . He has ben the official artist for both Absolut Vodka and Mercedes Benz. Death and fame is a central theme in Dellert's works, and he uses irony and humor mixed with horror as one of his main tools. His work has a strong, humanistic approach, and he uses powerful images to show the horrors of war and genocide. He warns about all fanatical, racial and fundamentalistic thinking in his art. After meeting Andy Warhol in 1976 he made a series of hand printed silk screens in collaboration with his childhood friends Bruno Ehrs and Rainer Laakso. This art prints was presented to Warhol in his Factory in new York in 1980. A well documented event. He inspired Warhol with his camouflage prints that later became Warhols own art expression.The same happened with artist Jean Michel Basquiat who visited Dellert's exhibit in New York 1982. All paintings by Dellert was then framed with ropes in larger then canvas wood frames. After the exhibit Thomas left all frames on the street outside the art gallery on St Marks Place a few meters away from the home of Basquiat. He brought them home and this new framing technique became his trademark.
Dellert works with painting, collage, photography, installation, video, hand printed silk screen, and junk sculpture.
Art critic and historian Jonas Stampe writes in the book Reality and Illusion in 2006 that "Thomas Dellert-Dellacroix got to know Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring in New York in the 1980's. Before that in 1976 he had become friend with Andy Warhol who gave him the nickname "Tommy Dollar" because of his fascination for everything of American value at the time. The artistic exchange was mutual. Warhol got inspired by Thomas Dellert's camouflage silk screens and later did his own series of camouflage prints." And came to the conclusion that "Jean Michel Basquiat let himself be inspired by Thomas' way of stretching his canvases with ropes and in wood frames that crossed each other in the corners that Thomas used for his exhibit in New York in 1982 at the Lucky Strike Gallery in collaboration with Rainer Laakso. (...)To discover an artist like Thomas Dellert-Dellacroix is not only exciting, it is surprising. Indeed, it is unbelievable that this Swedish artist has not yet been more appreciated in his homeland. The Swedish black hole is frightening. When he himself writes about his fascination for "the gap between fame and misfortune", I immediately think about his own artistry, but naturally also about so many other artists that did not get discovered. To pass by an artist like Dellert-Dellacroix is difficult. It is absolutely clear that he is one of the most interesting Swedish artist we have today. Probably he will become one of the more well known Swedish artist on the international art scene. Not only because his works touch us, or are artistically expressive or because they talk to us about our epoch and future. But mostly because they shine of that courage that carries art and life forward."
The American art critic John Orr wrote in the Miami chronicle 1986 after the exhibition at the James Baker Gallery in West Palm Beach USA: "This young man who is all truth and every fiber a passionate artist, I took him to see the Rauschenberg exhibition at Helander Gallery, for this is one of his mentors. I shall review this exhibition soon, but upon my first glance his pictures and collages seemed to contain a very gentle beauty that made "my rebel" Dellert appear as a Titan by comparison. Perhaps age is creeping upon me too quickly. I handed this meteor over to Bruce Helander and as I drove away I felt spent and weary, incapable and sterile. The little energy that remained within me was drained with humble admiration for an almost unknown artist whose place in the history of art is already reserved and waiting for him."
PERSONAL LIFE TODAY
Thomas is living and working since 2013 with his girlfriend, the American journalist, US Navy Veteran and Photographer and Painter Vava Venezia. They have lived together in Berlin where they had a 150 square meter large contemporary art gallery in the center" Mitte" of Berlin in front of the concert hall named “ Thomas Dellert -Provocation Art Gallery” on Tauben stresse Gendarmenmarkt .
After that they lived in San Paul de Vance on the French Riviera and after that two years in Lido Venice, where Thomas worked at X Chiesa Santa Chiara in Murano as glass designer. And after that in Miami, new York, Milano and Luckenwalde. They are now moving to Florence Italy .
Thomas has during his life created his home named UTOPIA in many countries
and have been living in the following city's.
New York, London, Paris, Stockholm,Warsaw, Berlin, Nice, San Paul de Vance, Venice ( Lido and Murano ) and in 2018 Miami and again for the third time in is life New York.
They currently 2021 live in Europe.
SELECTED SOLO ART EXHIBITS 1979-2017
Around 100 solo exhibitions took place around the globe from 1981-2017
in city's like New York , Berlin. Miami, Paris, London, Warsaw, Washington, Madrid, Barcelona,West Palm Beach , Venice, Malmö, Gothenburg and Stockholm…