Tomás Gaspar studied photography at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York City.  He was born in La Verne, California to immigrant parents from the Phillippines and Mexico. Tomás was an elementary school teacher for eight years. He received his teaching credentials from the University of California, Berkeley and his Master's in Education from the University of California, Irvine.  His first children's book, The Adventures of Yolanda/La Aventura de Yolanda, was published in 1974 by New Seed Press. 

The photographs from this book sprang from a photography assignment at ICP under the tutelage of Nan Goldin and Patt Blu and span from 1989-2018. His photography has been widely exhibited and published. Gaspar is currently living in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts, English, California State University Fullerton
Masters Degree in Teaching, University of California Irvine
Studies in Photography, International Center of Photography, New York, New York

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
An American Family: An AIDS Legacy
   
Alfred Lowenhertz Gallery, The Camera Club of New York, NY, NY
   - State University of New York, Stonybrook Art Gallery, Stonybrook, NY
   - Chamber Street Gallery, Manhattan Community College, NY, NY
   - World AIDS Day, School of Education,
Health & Nursing, New York University Commons Gallery, NY, NY

Times Square: Icons and Ilusions
 - MBM Gallery, NY, NY
 - Stonewall Bar, NY, NY

Our Community is on Edge, Convent Avenue Baptist Church Gallery, Harlem, NY

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
 
Public Art, Intervention, & Performance in Lower Manhattan from 1978-1993, The Arts Center At Governors Island, NY, NY

 Perspectives on HIV and Women, Visual Arts Gallery, University of Alabama


 Connecting LIves: Documents from the AIDS Crisis, curated by Nan Goldin and Allen Frame
  - P.S. 122, NY, NY
  - Christ Episcopal Church Gallery, Greenwich, CT

 Me, Myself and I, La Mama Galleria, NY.NY
 
 Mirrored Differences: Hispanic Portraits, Merill-Lynch Photography Gallery, NY, NY

 AIDS in Society, Art Squad Fine Art, Easton, PA

 Out Art: From Desire: A Queer Diary, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY

 The Member's Exhibition at the Camera Club of London, London, United Kingdom

 Home is Where the Heart Is, White Columns, NY, NY

 The Electric Blanket (co-created by Allen Frame, Frank Franca, and Nan Goldin)
  - Cooper Union Square, NY, NY
  - War Memorial Park, Brooklyn, NY, NY
  - Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
  - Merlin Theatre, Budapest, Hungary
  - Toldi Cinema, Budapest, Hungary
  - Kunstverin Contmporary Museum, Frankfurt, Germany
  - International AIDS Conference, Tokyo, Japan
  - International AIDS Conference, Geneva, Switzerland
  - Gallery 76, Ontario College of Art, Toronto, Canada

 The Electric Blanket featured in (Counter) Public Art, Intervention & Performance in Lower Manhattan From 1978-1993.
 The Arts Center at Governors Island, NY, NY

 Death, Dying and Mourning, Ceres Gallery, NY, NY

 From Media to Metaphor: Art About AIDS
 - Grey Art Gallery, NY, NY
 - Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL.

 The Gay and Lesbian Photo Annual (1991-2001), Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, NY, NY

  The Center Photo Annual, Las Vegas, NV
  

SELECTED PUBLISHED 
 
Ginger's Book: An AIDS Primer, Into the Light Press
 The Passionate Camera: Bodies of Desire, Routledge Press, London
 Dishonorable Passions, Viking Press, NY, NY
 The Right to Be Parents, NYU Press, NY, NY
 

VIDEO
 
Dances for the Dying, Tele-Pictures, Warsaw, Poland
 Under Lock and Key, produced by Beth B
  - International Center of Photography, NY, NY
  - Wexner Center for the Arts, University of Ohio, Columbus, Ohio
  - Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA
 For Tracy, Youtube Video

AWARDS/GRANTS
 
Merrill-Lynch Photography Grant
 Women With AIDS Photography Award by World AIDS Conference, Geneva, Switzerland
The Center, Photography Award, Las Vegas,NV