was born in San Pedro, California in 1941 and came from a family of hard-working
fishermen. The vitality of strong working men set against the background of the
eternal sea's enchantment was the influential environment where he learned about
Zar attended Valley Junior College, the Pasadena Playhouse and the San Francisco
Art Institute where his interest in art was encouraged and expanded by his
mentor, the late master painter, Keith Finch. Joe Hales and Raymond Escar were
influential instructors. He holds a lifetime adult teaching credential in
California. As with other artists, an education in art is never complete and he
is continually studying, exploring and growing in process, concepts and subject.
"Great Painting, like all great performances in the arts, is always performed in
a state of heightened awareness; the personal disappears, the universal identity
leaps into being! My own philosophy of painting is the constant inner demand for
more color! More dark and light contrast! More life! A new greater beauty!"
Zarís tribute to Al Davis hangs in Canton, Ohioís Football Hall of Fame. He has
participated in many shows including the Port of L.A. Bicentennial Art Show
where he won First Place and People's Choice Awards and he was awarded the San
Dimas Art Festival's Gold Medal. Other shows include the American Heritage Show
in San Diego, the Boy's Club Golden Alumni Show (winner) and many one-man
gallery shows, as well as the Taos Visitor's Center Show and the Taos Fall Arts
Publications showing Mr. Zar's work include Desert Magazine, New Mexico
Magazine, Rendezvous Magazine, Southwest Profile, Coyote News, Taos Magazine and
Zar was involved with major movie studios where he worked professionally and
became friends with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone. Among other
celebrities are Frank Sinatra, Jack Palance, Don Rickles and Hal Holbrook, all
of whom have his paintings in their private collections. Zar, also referred to
as The Still Life Magician, continues to create his striking still life and
visionary works in oils.
below collection is only a sample of the Artist's complete offering.