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b. 1988, United States

Zio Ziegler Biography

Zio Ziegler paints from a meditative state, drawing from his subconscious a personal interpretation of the world around him. For him, painting is an act of self-exploration and a radical expression of vulnerability.

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'Painting is my attempt at self-understanding - rather than finding a concept and executing it in a linear fashion, I react to my questions, life, and awareness,' he claims. The focus of Ziegler's practice aims to illuminate the process of creating instead of isolating the final result. His images of monumental figures set in motion serve as a portal of sorts for the viewer, inviting them to perceive the work in their own way, and in turn creating an active exchange between the artist and the audience.

Using primarily oil sticks, Ziegler works with textures that fuse the raw oil pigment with external materials such as sand, soil, and pumice. His sources of inspiration include Italian Futurism and Cubism, and call to mind the hybridisation of figuration and abstraction exemplified by Francis Bacon, the early works of Kazimir Malevich, and Constantin Brancusi's sculptures.

Ziegler studied at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and Brown University, receiving his BFA from RISD in 2010. Recent solo exhibitions include Meta Myths at Allouche Benias Gallery, Athens, Greece (2019); The Fourth Wall at the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art (2018); Bernard Gwilliam and the Quantum Modernism at Jules Maeght Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2017); Meta Species at Ochi Gallery, Idaho, CA (2016); and Et in Arte Ego at Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy (2014). Ziegler has been commissioned by the United Nations for a 70th anniversary commemorative mural in Oakland California, and has been teaching at Stanford University since 2019.

Text courtesy Almine Rech.

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Lower dantian by Zio Ziegler contemporary artwork painting
Zio Ziegler Lower dantian, 2023 Oil and acrylic on canvas
99.7 x 66 x 5.1 cm
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Center Of Gravity by Zio Ziegler contemporary artwork painting
Zio Ziegler Center Of Gravity, 2023 Oil and acrylic on canvas
182.9 x 182.9 x 5.7 cm
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Essential Nature by Zio Ziegler contemporary artwork painting
Zio Ziegler Essential Nature, 2023 Oil and acrylic on canvas
203.2 x 127 x 5.1 cm
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Where the self is established by Zio Ziegler contemporary artwork painting
Zio Ziegler Where the self is established, 2023 Oil and acrylic on canvas
243.8 x 162.6 x 5.1 cm
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The Shifting Illusion by Zio Ziegler contemporary artwork painting
Zio Ziegler The Shifting Illusion, 2023 Oil and acrylic on canvas
203.2 x 127 cm
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Gesture and Shadow by Zio Ziegler contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Zio Ziegler Gesture and Shadow, 2022 Oil and pumice on canvas
172.7 x 142.2 x 5.1 cm
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