Zu Leben und Werk: Biography
Zaven Paré was born in Fort de l’Eau (Algeria) and raised in the suburb of Paris. He studied painting at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts and scientific drawing at the Museum national d´Histoire Naturelle in Paris. In 1983, he exhibited his first major installation at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and moved to Canada in 1986. In Montreal he worked on multiple fronts, including painting, design, and commercial imagery, establishing a pattern of creating across traditional boundaries, and in multiple media. Zaven’s paintings occupy a large portion of a very prolific 1980s, during which he also designed sets and costumes for the choreographers Marie Chouinard and Edouard lock, for the composer Mauricio Kagel and for the theater director Denis Marleau.
Returning to France in the early 1990s, Zaven began delving into engraving and artist books edition, also responding for commands from prestigious manufactures as Aubusson, Beauvais and Sèvres.
Zaven Paré is also known as a performer artist, currently doing machine art. He staged the first English version of Valère Novarina’s "The Theater of the Ears" in 1999 at CalArts (Californian Institute of the Arts) in Los Angeles, and later in New York at LaMama e.t.c. during the Henson Festival. In 2001, the show’s French version with its electronic marionettes, including Novarina’s clone (Ballard Institute collection, Connecticut), was presented in Avignon. In 2003, at Novarina’s invitation, Zaven created an electronic effigy of actor Dominique Pinon (Musée Gadagne collection, Lyon) that was used in "La Scène", a new work for theater. In 2009-2011, Zaven Paré was the artist of the touring exhibition "Cyber Art" in five Brazilian cities.
He was awarded a residency at Villa Kujoyama as well as a grant from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) while working as Robot Drama Researcher on playwright Oriza Hirata’s theatre repertoire for humanoids and androids in the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory directed by Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro. In 2011, he received Brazil’s Sergio Motta Art and Technology Award for his body of artistic work created using new technologies.
Zaven Paré lives and works in Rio de Janeiro.
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