Thomas, [“Tomek”—demunitive of Polish: Tomasz] Stefan Stanisław Lamprecht was born in Warsaw, Poland—the only child of two architects. He attended school in UK and lived intermittently in Warsaw, London and Famagusta, Cyprus. He arrived in New York in the spring of 1973 where he lived and worked for the next 30 years. He became naturalized US Citizen in 1975 and retains dual citizenship.
Lamprecht began to study painting in 1969 at the Warsaw’s Academy of Fine Arts under the wing of the renowned Polish painter Aleksander Kobzdej. In 1973 he came to New York and entered the School of Visual Arts where he studied with Joseph Kosuth, Ronald Bladen, Donald Nice, Larry Zox and other prominent New York artists. After graduating with B.F.A. degree he entered Columbia University, Graduate School of the Arts, where he received his M.F.A. degree in painting and PHD candidacy in philosophy in 1978.
While there, he started producing work in non-traditional media that sparked controversy among some conservative graduate faculty. Saved from disciplinary expulsion by the school’s chairman and mentor late Stefan Sharff, Lamprecht was awarded an unprecedented opportunity to choose his own graduate advisors from among the pool of New York art world personalities. He chose the artists whose work he was interested in at the time; Richard Artschwager, Les Levine as well as New Museum’s founding director and curator Marcia Tucker and the school hired them for the assignment.