The University of Tennessee School of Art is hosting Artist-in-Residence, Zahar Vaks for the fall of 2021. Zahar Vaks, (b.1983, Tashkent, Uzbekistan) Is a visual artist based in New York, NY. Vaks is in Knoxville for four months.
Vaks emigrated from Uzbekistan to Philadelphia when he was young. His mother, a musician, encouraged him to play the violin, but his artistic understandings are better expressed through painting, video, and performance arts. He says, “Fluency in art is interactive and multiple levels of fluency inform each other.” He brings this vision to his teaching, which he sees as a conversation regarding painting practice, inspiring and reciprocal in nature.
He earned his BFA from Tyler School of Art, and his MFA from The Ohio State University. He has shown in New York, Philadelphia, Columbus, Las Vegas, Houston, Vienna, Beijing China, and on the island of Svalbard in Norway. In 2018 Zahar was invited to participate in the Rauschenberg Residency. He attended the Galveston Artist Residency from 2012-2013. Currently he is doing the UTK Artist in Residence program. He is a member of the Ortega y Gasset Projects (OyG), an artist-run curatorial collective and exhibition space in Gowanus, Brooklyn.
Zahar Vaks lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. His wife Nickola is also an artist.