Artist Profile

MICHAEL ZAVROS

Michael Zavros is well-known for his supreme fluency with paint. His visual vernacular of brushless trompe l’oeil rendering fetishised objects is unmistakable. Zavros constructs contemporary mythologies surrounding materialism, consumerism and narcissism. While his hyperreal paintings bask in the glow of public acclaim, Zavros’ printmaking practice lingers in the shadows, despite being a formative spark in the artist’s output.

IT MAY BE SURPRISING TO SOME THAT YOU MAJORED in printmaking at the Queensland College of Art (QCA) and didn’t paint at all during your studies. Why did you decide to study printmaking?

I so loved the little taster we had in first year but I also wanted

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