A member of S.V.U. Mánes (The Mánes Association of Fine Artists) and another of the co-founders of the 12:15, Pozdě ale přece (12:15, Better Late Than Never) art group, he is a native of Prague. However, since 2000, he has been spending ever more time in Malíkov near Jindřichův Hradec, where he also finds inspiration for his works. In addition, his relationship with Czech modernism is important in his works, and he has also been very much influenced by his fellowships in Spain, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. Besides his own work, Tomáš Švéda works as a restorer of mainly mural paintings and as an illustrator.