ernest zacharevic

Visual Artist, Lithuania

Ernest Zacharevic is a multidisciplinary contemporary and public artist. He creates oil paintings, installations, sculptures and stencil and spray paint to produce culturally relevant compositions both inside gallery space and in the arena of public art and walls. His interest in the outdoor pieces is in the interaction between mural and the urban landscape, with concepts arising as part of a spontaneous response to the environment. As well as street works, Ernest creates originals on canvas and found objects alike.

In 2012, Zacharevic received worldwide recognition after creating a series of six street art murals for the George Town Festival, with the BBC calling him Malaysia’s answer to Banksy. These images depict scenes of everyday Malaysian life using local people as the models. The two most popular are Children on Bicycle and Boy on Motorcycle; a combination of installation and painting allows the outside community to interact with the works. These murals now stand as cultural landmarks in George Town, complete with plaques and frequent queues of people waiting to have their photographs taken with the works.

In 2013 Zacharevic received viral attention for his on-street work with the controversial lego mural in Johor Bahru, home to Malaysian “Legoland”. Using the lego figures, Zacharevic comments on the violent state of JB, positioning them on a street corner, as a woman carrying a Chanel bag approaches, a masked villain waits around the corner for her. The piece was buffed over quickly, but not before the image went viral, with thousands of people showing their support for the mural and the serious statement it was making.

Zacharevic held his first solo show in Penang in 2014 at the Hin Bus Depot, a centre for arts and culture located in George Town Art is Rubbish Rubbish is Art. A collection of 30 plus works painted on reclaimed and found materials.

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In 2014 Zacharevic opened his second solo show ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’ in Barcelona at Montana Gallery. The collection saw a juxtaposition of more figurative works featuring characters from different cultures all dynamic poses and actions. He held a solo exhibition at the Underdogs gallery in Lisbon Portugal in 2015, introducing his origami-themed body of work entitled The Floor is Lava. Since this time he has been travelling around the work for independent projects, producing beautiful walls globally.

Since 2016 Ernest has directed focus to the initiation of the Splash and Burn Project, an artist-led ”artivism” campaign which used street art to communicate issues concerning the unsustainable production of Palm Oil in South East Asia. Since its inception, the project has collaborated with international artists creating works to generate awareness of the issues towards positive change.

Ernest Zacharevic was commissioned to create a series of street murals as part of George Town Festival 2012. These murals have been become icons of George Town, attracting thousands of visitors to Penang every year.

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ernest zacharevic

Visual Artist, Lithuania

Ernest Zacharevic is a multidisciplinary contemporary and public artist. He creates oil paintings, installations, sculptures and stencil and spray paint to produce culturally relevant compositions both inside gallery space and in the arena of public art and walls. His interest in the outdoor pieces is in the interaction between mural and the urban landscape, with concepts arising as part of a spontaneous response to the environment. As well as street works, Ernest creates originals on canvas and found objects alike.

In 2012, Zacharevic received worldwide recognition after creating a series of six street art murals for the George Town Festival, with the BBC calling him Malaysia’s answer to Banksy. These images depict scenes of everyday Malaysian life using local people as the models. The two most popular are Children on Bicycle and Boy on Motorcycle; a combination of installation and painting allows the outside community to interact with the works. These murals now stand as cultural landmarks in George Town, complete with plaques and frequent queues of people waiting to have their photographs taken with the works.

In 2013 Zacharevic received viral attention for his on-street work with the controversial lego mural in Johor Bahru, home to Malaysian “Legoland”. Using the lego figures, Zacharevic comments on the violent state of JB, positioning them on a street corner, as a woman carrying a Chanel bag approaches, a masked villain waits around the corner for her. The piece was buffed over quickly, but not before the image went viral, with thousands of people showing their support for the mural and the serious statement it was making.

Zacharevic held his first solo show in Penang in 2014 at the Hin Bus Depot, a centre for arts and culture located in George Town Art is Rubbish Rubbish is Art. A collection of 30 plus works painted on reclaimed and found materials.

In 2014 Zacharevic opened his second solo show ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’ in Barcelona at Montana Gallery. The collection saw a juxtaposition of more figurative works featuring characters from different cultures all dynamic poses and actions. He held a solo exhibition at the Underdogs gallery in Lisbon Portugal in 2015, introducing his origami-themed body of work entitled The Floor is Lava. Since this time he has been travelling around the work for independent projects, producing beautiful walls globally.

Since 2016 Ernest has directed focus to the initiation of the Splash and Burn Project, an artist-led ”artivism” campaign which used street art to communicate issues concerning the unsustainable production of Palm Oil in South East Asia. Since its inception, the project has collaborated with international artists creating works to generate awareness of the issues towards positive change.

Ernest Zacharevic was commissioned to create a series of street murals as part of George Town Festival 2012. These murals have been become icons of George Town, attracting thousands of visitors to Penang every year.

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