Hermann Trappman is an artist of Florida’s natural and cultural history, with a particular focus on the lives of Florida’s pre-European peoples, including the Tocobaga and Calusa. In addition to meticulous historical research, his work is based on hands-on experience crafting the tools that those people used in their everyday lives.
Trappman’s paintings provide realistic glimpses of both dramatic and mundane moments in their lives. After decades of study, he describes these mostly lost cultures as both sophisticated and materially plentiful. His goal is for his art to help the public better understand the people who first called Florida home.
Trappman grew up in St. Petersburg, and spent nearly three decades as an interpretive ranger in Florida parks. His art has been displayed across Florida, most recently in a major exhibition at the Tampa Bay History Center. He has twice been awarded an individual artist grant by the Pinellas Arts Council.