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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.

Michael Zavros Featured Artworks

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Yellow Fan by Michael Zavros contemporary artwork painting
Michael ZavrosYellow Fan, 2018Oil on board
61 x 46 cm
Starkwhite Enquire
Untitled by Michael Zavros contemporary artwork painting
Michael ZavrosUntitled, 2018Oil on board
61 x 46 cm
Starkwhite Enquire
Flex by Michael Zavros contemporary artwork sculpture
Michael ZavrosFlex, 2019Bronze
33 x 41 x 16 cm
Starkwhite Enquire
Nautilus Phallus by Michael Zavros contemporary artwork painting
Michael ZavrosNautilus Phallus, 2018Oil on board
61 x 46 cm
Starkwhite Enquire
Satyr by Michael Zavros contemporary artwork painting
Michael ZavrosSatyr, 2018Oil on board
46 x 61 cm
Starkwhite Enquire
Portrait of Leonidas Zavros in Versace by Michael Zavros contemporary artwork painting
Michael ZavrosPortrait of Leonidas Zavros in Versace, 2018Oil on canvas
122 x 92 cm
Starkwhite Enquire
Narcissus by Michael Zavros contemporary artwork painting
Michael ZavrosNarcissus, 2016Oil on board
30.5 x 30.5 cm
Starkwhite Enquire
MZ/SO by Michael Zavros contemporary artwork print
Michael ZavrosMZ/SO, 2015–2017Pigment inks on Hanhenmuhle Photo Rag
120 x 90 cm
Starkwhite Enquire

Michael Zavros Recent Exhibitions

Michael Zavros Represented By

Starkwhite contemporary art gallery in Auckland, New Zealand Starkwhite Auckland

Michael Zavros In Related Press

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

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 15 March 2016, The Sydney Morning Herald

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...

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50 Most Powerful People In Australian Art Related Press 50 Most Powerful People In Australian Art 17 December 2014, The Art Life / 12 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 24 June 2014, Emma Jameson for EyeContact / 20 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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