Thomas Reilly was born in Des Moines in 1959 and grew up in Chicago. He started training in photography at age 15 exploring established and progressive approaches in technique, composition, and aesthetics.


Reilly attended Columbia College and the School of the Art Institute Chicago from 1977-1981 studying photography, fine art, and art history.  During this time he also apprenticed part-time as a studio photographer producing images for product advertising, corporate reports, and retail catalogues.


From 1981-1984 he focused solely on professional work doing photographic illustration for architectural and advertising assignments. Succeeding interests led him to career activities within the art market and emerging fields of computer technology and software development. Reilly later received a B.A. in Creative Expression from DePaul University in Chicago, where he focused on Italian and Northern European art history.


Reilly’s early study of traditional and experimental analogue photographic methods aided the integration of today’s digital tools and techniques into his current practice. His recent ongoing series entitled Grids investigates systematic expressive transformation using elementary and complex permutation algorithms. Naturalistic themes are featured in these engagements of regeneration.


Reilly lives and works in Zürich, Switzerland.