Australian artist Michael Zavros
Australian artist Michael Zavros was born in Brisbane, in 1974. He graduated from Queensland College of Art in the 1990s. Michael works in various genres: portrait, fantasy, animalistic. He draws floral and still life paintings. In a short time his work has become widely known thanks to his technique. Michael paints with watercolors or oil on canvas, working through the details of the image with a fine brush, thereby achieving stunning photographic hyper-realism and accuracy. For his incredible talent in hyper realistic direction, Michael Zavros has become a many awarded artist. His awards include The Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (2002), The Robert Jacks Drawing Prize (2005), the Kedumba Prize (2007), Primavera Collex award (2004), Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (2010), annual Archibald Prize (2004, 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2013), and more.
For centuries, people have tried to understand what art is. Artists and critics have fought and argued, adhering to a variety of opinions. (French painter Manet so strongly clashed with one of the critics that challenged him to a duel.) There are many controversial issues, but there is not, and never will be, unambiguous, clear answers. Everyone has his own tastes and opinions – and only you can choose what you prefer. For some, the art should be, above all, beautiful, for others – a realistic, for third importantly, whether it conveys a mood or feeling. Artists are constantly striving to push the boundaries of what we call art.
The technique of hyper realism does not allow for the transfer the inner world of the artist and is based only on the aesthetic principles. The aim of the adherents of hyper-realism is not just depict the world reliably and super-real. This trend (this art direction was born 60 years ago) has its fans and followers.
If you do a little research, you will find an interesting fact – many artists hyper realists – self-taught. Typically, these are people who one day discovered that they can transfer, very clearly, the seen on paper details. At many stages of their work can be seen that they have a very well-developed eye estimation, but not all of them have knowledge of construction drawing, perspective, and so on. The process of drawing is usually the same – starting to paint with any place, as soon as the piece is completely ready – they go to the next section, until fully painted over. The work is based on the photo.
Zavros has exhibited widely within Australia and his work is kept in numerous private and public collections.