Theo Tobiasse (1927-2012) was born in Israel and moved to Paris when he was seven years old. Between 1942 and 1944 with the German occupation of Paris, Theo and his family lived with the constant fear of discovery and they remained in hiding during the occupation. It was during this time that Theo’s love of books and drawings flourished. Following the liberation of Paris he began a career as a designer for Hermes creating window decorations, stage sets and tapestries. In 1950 he moved to Nice where he continued to paint and held his first exhibition at the Palais de le Mediterranee in 1961 winning the grand prize. In Nice his pictorial expression came into it’s own and his Expressionistic style shone through. From 1980 Theo divided his time between Nice and New York exhibiting internationally. He died in Nice in 2012 leaving behind a plethora of artwork in his distinct style of loose brushstrokes and rich colours.