b. 1974, Australia

Michael Zavros Biography

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

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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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Tiger Shark by Michael Zavros contemporary artwork painting
Michael Zavros Tiger Shark, 2023 Oil on canvas
180 x 135 cm
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Kiwi by Michael Zavros contemporary artwork painting
Michael Zavros Kiwi, 2023 Oil on board
70 x 100 cm
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The Sunbather by Michael Zavros contemporary artwork painting
Michael Zavros The Sunbather, 2015 Oil on aluminium
32 x 40 cm
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The new Belvedere by Michael Zavros contemporary artwork painting
Michael Zavros The new Belvedere, 2023–2024 Oil on canvas
210 x 170 cm
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Tiger Shark by Michael Zavros contemporary artwork painting
Michael Zavros Tiger Shark, 2023 Oil on canvas
180 x 135 cm
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The new Belvedere by Michael Zavros contemporary artwork painting
Michael Zavros The new Belvedere, 2023-24 Oil on canvas
210 x 170 cm
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Kiwi by Michael Zavros contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Michael Zavros Kiwi, 2023 Oil on board
70 x 100 cm
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