Prince Varughese Thomas is an artist who is part of what has come to be known as the Indian Diaspora. Being Indian by birth, born in Kuwait, naturalized in the US, and raised primarily between India and the United States, I have felt outside the dominant culture in which I exist. This sense of being the ‘Other’ has influenced how I view the world, approach my conceptual concerns, and create art. With an educational background and degrees in both Psychology and Art, I investigate and deconstruct complex sociopolitical issues from the interstices in personally expressive ways that humanize my subjects. I incorporate a variety of photographic, video, and installation techniques into my artwork. My work has been characterized as poetic moments captured in chaotic worlds.

A winner of the Time-Based Media in Art Prize 7 and a Texas Biennial Artist, Thomas’ has been invited to be a visiting artist, lecturer, panel discussant, and workshop instructor at numerous institutions including Ashkal Alwan Beirut, Lebanon; Indiana University; Memphis College of Art; the Light Factory, the University of Texas @ Arlington, and the Queens Museum.  Thomas’ work has been exhibited in over 150 solo and group exhibitions at museums, galleries, and alternative spaces including: Gallerie Huit, Arles, France; The Queens Museum, NY; the Zentral Bibliotheck, Zurich; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Houston Center for Photography; Bunker 8, Beijing, China; the Museum of New Art, Detroit, MI; the Alternative Museum, NY, NY; the Contemporary Museum, Atlanta, GA; FotoFest International; & The Station Museum of Contemporary Art.

Thomas received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a M.F.A. from the University of Houston. He is currently a Professor of Art at Lamar University.

Prince Varughese Thomas