Born in 1967 in Zurich, Switzerland. Starts drawing early, inspired by the artistic surroundings she lives in. After the bachelor, Vanessa Thyes studies at the fashion school ‘Modedesignschule Brünn’ in Zurich. Studies the nude with the painter Jean Louis Bertrand at the University of Applied Arts Zurich.
In 1989, she starts working as a fashion designer in Milan, Italy. As a member of the fabric design studio ‘Melvin Anderson Designs’ in Milan, she works in an international team. Continues her studies of the nude with the painter Enrico Lui from Milan, and takes courses in several print techniques.
In 1993: stage as a costume designer at the theatre ‘Schauspielhaus Dusseldorf’, Germany.
For a long period, she produces hand painted scarves, ties, clothes and home textiles. In 1994, she starts her own business as a fashion- and home textile designer. She shows her creations for many years at the fabric design fair ‘Indigo’ in Paris. Trips in Europe and the United States selling her designs to textile print – or weaving-mills. Works for designers like Moschino, Missoni and Enrico Coveri. In 1997, she starts to collaborate with the home textile design studio ‘Union Design’ in Como, Italy.
Beginning of 2000, she moves to Tuscany, near Pisa. Starts to work with the design studio ‘Extremo’ in Montemurlo, Prato. Responsible for the new textile creations in this studio, she teaches her know-how to many young designers. Paints several murals in private homes and public places.
Vanessa completes her researches by studying the nude at the art academy of Florence and with the painter Antonio Vignocchi from Lucca.
Since 2008, the artist draws and paints in her studio. Still lifes, nudes, animal skulls, symbolic themes mixed with fantasy impressions expressed in new and old techniques.
Recent works show these themes in colourd twists and turns in a more abstract mood. This seems to be the natural evolution of the previous work.
With her “meanderings” the artist likes to introduce the observer to her thoughts signed by hand, across bodies and personal situations painted in an attractive way always searching for new chromatisms.