Tavar Zawacki / Above

Bio

Tavar Zawacki is a Berlin-based international contemporary artist. Tavar Zawacki was born in California in 1981 and has been creating public art since 1995. Tavar Zawacki is best known for three different styles of street works, his multi-layer, full color social and political stencils, colorful abstract arrow compositions, and large text-based painted murals. Zawacki’s stencil and text-based artworks usually have a strong message or awareness about social, political, or international current events, while his abstract works are a visual language of shape, color, and form. Tavar Zawacki began painting graffiti by tagging ‘ABOVE’ graffiti on freight trains in California in 1995. At the age of 19, Tavar moved to Paris, France, where he started painting his trademark arrow icon pointing ‘above’. During the past 19 years Tavar Zawacki has painted artworks in the streets of over 100 cities in 60 different countries around the world.

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Bio

Tavar Zawacki, geboren 1981 in Kalifornien, ist ein zeitgenössischer Künstler, der bereits seit 1995 seine Kunst im öffentlichen Raum präsentiert. Internationale Bekanntheit erlangte er durch drei verschiedenen Stile, die seine Kunst prägen. Mehrschichtige, farbige Stencils, großformatige textbasierte Murals und besonders Zawackis Pfeilmotive haben sich zu seinem Markenzeichen entwickelt. Er setzt dieses Motiv in farbenfrohen, abstrakten Kompositionen um. Seine Stencils und textbasierten Arbeiten vermitteln meist soziale oder politische Botschaften und kommentieren aktuelle Ereignisse. Die abstrakten Arbeiten des Künstlers drücken sich hingegen mit einer spezifischen Form- und Farbgebung durch eine visuelle Sprache aus. Zawacki startete seine künstlerische Karriere durch das Taggen von Graffiti auf Güterzügen in Kalifornien. Mit 19 Jahren zog er nach Frankreich, wo er in Paris damit begann, sein Markenzeichen, das nach oben gerichtete Pfeilsymbol („ABOVE“), zu verbreiten. Inzwischen sind Zawackis Kunstwerke in den Straßen von über 100 Städten in 60 verschiedenen Ländern zu sehen. Er lebt und arbeitet in Berlin.

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Born 1981 in California, U.S.A.
Lives and works in Berlin

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017 | Shapeshifting – Urban Spree Gallery, Berlin (Germany)
2016 | Untitled – The Quin, New York City (U.S.A.)
2016 | 12 Months – Soon Gallery, Zürich (Switzerland)
2014 | Remix – Inner State Gallery, Detroit (U.S.A.)
2013 | Push & Pull – Chez Joe, Paris (France)
2012 | Jetset – Metro Gallery, Melbourne (Australia)
2011 | Rise Above – Art Basel Miami, Miami (U.S.A.)
2011 | Here Today, Gone Tomorrow – Lofi Gallery, Sydney (Australia)
2010 | Transitions – White Walls Gallery, San Francisco (U.S.A.)

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2017 | Nice To Meet You Too! – Die Kunstagentin, Köln (Germany)
2017 | What The Weekend Is 2 – The Art Union, Berlin (Germany)
2017 | A Better View – ABV Gallery, Atlanta (U.S.A.)
2017 | Pow!Wow!Hawaii – 1XRUN Gallery, Honolulu (U.S.A.)
2016 | Consistency – Scope Art Fair, New York City (U.S.A.)
2015 | Surface – Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles (U.S.A.)
2015 | Attack The Block – One Artspace, New York City (U.S.A.)
2015 | Aggregate – Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles (U.S.A.)
2015 | Cut It Out – Urban Nation, Berlin (Germany)
2015 | Stencil Masters – Radion Gallery, Amsterdam (Netherlands)
2015 | Art Prague Contemporary – Prague (Czech Republic)
2014 | Open Studio – The Space Gallery, Hong Kong (China)
2013 | 10 Years Of Wooster Collective – Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York City (U.S.A.)
2013 | Starting Off – Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles (U.S.A.)
2012 | Le Havre Biennale – Le Havre (France)
2012 | Foreign Surface – A Word Of Art Gallery, Cape Town (South Africa)
2011 | Summer Invitational – Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York City (U.S.A.)
2011 | Breaking The Wall – Jakarta Art Council, Jakarta (Indonesia)
2010| Winter Group Show – Yves Laroche Gallery, Montreal (Canada)
2010| White Walls – The W Hotel, Miami (U.S.A.)
2009| We Rock Harder – White Walls Gallery, San Francisco (U.S.A.)
2008 | Fame -Studiocromie Gallery, Grottaglie (Italy)
2007 | Foreign Affairs – Estúdio 13, São Paulo (Brazil)
2007 | Peligroso! – Galería SPC, Mexico City (Mexico)
2006 | 11 Spring – Wooster Collective, New York City (U.S.A.)

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