Thomas Xenakis was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He pursued an undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College, City University of New York. He received his Bachelors of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Fine Arts. Thomas continued classes at the School of Visual Arts in New York City in preparation for his graduate studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Art as Applied to Medicine. He completed his Master of Arts Degree in Baltimore, Maryland in 1982. He became a medical and biological illustrator and worked in this field for 16 years.
Thomas relocated to Norfolk, Virginia where he worked for a short time at the Eastern Virginia Medical School. He became a freelance independent illustrator with clients in the medical, legal and advertising professions in 1984. He continued to draw and paint the human form in addition to his medical illustration career. He began exhibiting his fine art in the late 1980s. In 1987 he began a personal quest to study media and techniques of the Byzantine Medieval Period. In 1991-1992 the War in Yugoslavia had a profound effect on the artist's direction. After a series of high profile regional and local exhibitions, Mr. Xenakis was awarded a Senior Fulbright Fellowship to Greece in 1994-1995 for his art work in secular and sacred genres. In 1996 he relocated to Washington, D.C. as an artist-in-residence at the Center for Art and Religion at the Wesley Theological Seminary. At that time Thomas decided to fulfill a life long dream for a Masters in Fine Arts degree. He enrolled at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Hoffberger School of Painting under the directorship of Abstract Expressionist, Grace Hartigan. Thomas began to carve a deeper personal vision in his work with a number of large scale paintings about faith, dreams and visions in a contemporary world. In 1998-2000 he exhibited many of these works throughout the country.
In 1998 Mr. Xenakis settled in Washington, D.C. He set up his artist studio in the District of Columbia as well. In 2000-2001 he was awarded a second Senior Fulbright Fellowship to Greece where he continued his research on the parallels between Greek and American Outsider artists. He continues to exhibit nationally. Additionally he teaches drawing, painting and design at the Corcoran School of Art and Design, Georgetown University and Marymount University.

May 16 - June 6, 2012

Thomas Xenakis teaches watercolor painting for a study abroad program in Antibes, France.
Painting and Drawing on the French Riviera sponsored by The Center for Global Education, Marymount University, Arlington, Virginia

December 21, 2011 - January 6, 2012

Thomas Xenakis returns to painting in his studio near Perugia, Italy. He is working on a body of work for the XPYSO (GOLD) series.