Bombolo was born Norbert Graubner in 1947 in Weinbach an der Lahn. At the beginning of the 1960s he trained as a chef and set out on a journey around the globe of many years duration, plying his trade as he went. Between 1970 and 1983 he owned and ran several different restaurants until, at the highpoint of his career, he made a complete change of direction.
For some time he dedicated himself to restoring an old pilot cutter (on which Ernest Hemingway used to sail) and undertook numerous study trips, including around the islands of Denmark, to the Hopi and Navajo Reserves in the south western United States and to London, southern England and Japan.
In 1992 he began to exhibit his paintings. Throughout the 1990s he continued his travels and began shooting a film portrait, “Security is an illusion”, which was broadcast in 1997 by the Bavarian broadcasting company, Bayerischer Rundfunk. In 2002 he was drawn to South America, visiting Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile, the Atacama Desert and Manaus and journeying on the Amazon. In 2003 the book “Neruda Blau”, by Dr. Gabriele Pommerin Götze, was published for the National Library of German Poetry. From 2004 until the present day he has dedicated himself intensively to various art projects and has held several international exhibitions.
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