During his lifetime he was better known in the art capitals of North America and Europe than in the country of his birth, but that has changed since the establishment of the foundation dedicated to his works at New Plymouth’s Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and particularly following the opening in 2015 of the Len Lye Centre, New Zealand’s first art museum dedicated to a single artist.
(1961), one of the artist’s most delicate kinetic sculptures comprising four concentric circles that spin in space, with a sparse ambient sound track.
As writer Laurence Simmons says: “Like advertising, what is being created in a Zavros painting is not so much an object, a type of physical thing, but rather an artificial need or desire.”Viewed collectively melded fact and fiction.
Whether by design or fate Zavros’s own (brief) history has become the stuff of fictionalised legend - that he paints only in suits, that he lives a life of unrestrained glamour, that his Instagram depicts his best life.
He was awarded the inaugural Fulbright-Wallace award in 2009 and travelled to the United Sates of America as a visiting Fulbright Scholar in 2010 to take up a three-month artist residency at the Headlands Center of the Arts in San Francisco.
Always fascinated by the interplay of movement and light, this extraordinary artist also expressed himself in photography drawing, painting and poetry.
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