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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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Michael Zavros

b. 1974, Australia

Michael Zavros, is a leading Australian artist renowned for his photorealistic drawings and paintings. Following his studies in printmaking at the Queensland College of Art, Brisbane, Zavros has subsequently been awarded The Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award in 2002, The Robert Jacks Drawing Prize in 2005, and the Kedumba Prize in 2007. More recently in 2010 he won the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and in 2012 the inaugural Bulgari Art Prize

Zavros’ impeccable attention to detail is evident throughout his varying range of subject matter which includes staged still-lifes, figures, animals, and lavish clothing and accessories. With works eerily reminiscent of photographs, Zavros’ delicate hand leaves behind little to no trace of visible brushstrokes in his paintings. His work embraces low art or kitsch and repositions it in the realm of luxury with hyper real attention to detail.

Zavros has been the recipient of the Milan studio residency in 2001, the Barcelona studio residency in both 2005 and 2010, and the Australia Council Greene Street Studio, New York, in 2014. The artists solo exhibitions have included Bad Dad at Starkwhite, Auckland (2014), The Good Son: Works on Paper at Gold Coast City Art Gallery (2009), and Everything I Wanted at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2003-2004).

Michael Zavros’ work is held in numerous collections including at The National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of South Australia, Queensland Art Gallery, University of Queensland Art Museum, and the Tasmanian Museum and Gallery.

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Featured Artworks

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Yellow Fan by Michael Zavros contemporary artwork Michael ZavrosYellow Fan, 2018 Oil on board
61 x 46 cm
Starkwhite
Untitled by Michael Zavros contemporary artwork Michael ZavrosUntitled, 2018 Oil on board
61 x 46 cm
Starkwhite
Flex by Michael Zavros contemporary artwork Michael ZavrosFlex, 2019 Bronze
33 x 41 x 16 cm
Starkwhite
Nautilus Phallus by Michael Zavros contemporary artwork Michael ZavrosNautilus Phallus, 2018 Oil on board
61 x 46 cm
Starkwhite
Satyr by Michael Zavros contemporary artwork Michael ZavrosSatyr, 2018 Oil on board
46 x 61 cm
Starkwhite
Narcissus by Michael Zavros contemporary artwork Michael ZavrosNarcissus, 2016 Oil on board
30.5 x 30.5 cm
Starkwhite
MZ/SO by Michael Zavros contemporary artwork Michael ZavrosMZ/SO, 2015–2017 Pigment inks on Hanhenmuhle Photo Rag
120 x 90 cm
Starkwhite

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Michael Zavros, The Silver Fox at Starkwhite, Auckland
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17 November–16 December 2017 Michael Zavros The Silver Fox Starkwhite, Auckland
Contemporary art exhibition, Michael Zavros, Bad Dad at Starkwhite, Auckland
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2–28 June 2014 Michael Zavros Bad Dad Starkwhite, Auckland

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Michael Zavros wins 2016 Mosman Art Prize Related Press Michael Zavros wins 2016 Mosman Art Prize Blouin ArtInfo : 28 August 2016

Brisbane-based Michael Zavros has been announced the winner of the 2016 Mosman Art Prize, beating 96 other finalists to take out the prestigious acquisitive prize.Zavros was awarded the $30,000 major prize for his painting Flora which depicts his 11-year-old daughter Phoebe with her arms crossed and her face covered by a floral scarf.

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Review: 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art Related Press Review: 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art The Sydney Morning Herald : 15 March 2016

Adelaide has thrown down the gauntlet for this year's Sydney Biennale with a show that sparkles like a revolving disco ball.I can't recall an exhibition of contemporary Australian art which has opened with more positive energy than the 2016 Adelaide Biennial: Magic Object.It's a tour-de-force for the undervalued Australian art...

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50 Most Powerful People In Australian Art Related Press 50 Most Powerful People In Australian Art The Art Life / 12 December 2014 : 17 December 2014

In the year since our last list there's been a lot of movement. As we've noted before, curators come and go depending on their latest projects, often years in the making. Russell Storer, who made his debut on this last last year at 30, is off the list completely after the curator left QAG-GOMA for Singapore, while others have jumped into...

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Michael Zavros 'Bad Dad' At Starkwhite Related Press Michael Zavros 'Bad Dad' At Starkwhite Emma Jameson for EyeContact / 20 June 2014 : 24 June 2014

In its self-conscious exemplification of beauty, Michael Zavros’s Bad Dad series is an exploration into the alluring appeal of a polished aesthetic and how this is enacted in the realm of consumerism and the art gallery itself. The hyper-real painting style that Zavros employs has an effect that is two fold: the value (both moral and...

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