Izam Zawahra

Izam Zawahra
info@izamzawahra.com



2011
acrylic paint om canvas
36"x48"

2009
acrylic and spray paint on canvas
60"x96"

2012
acrylic paint and graphite on canvas
16"x16"

2012
acrylic and spray paint on canvas
10"x10"



To search is a risk, an adventure that comprises a few doses of courage and many more of honesty. Izam Zawahra's paintings are a courageous and honest search of the two elements that make up his artwork: geometry and color. They both emerge from his belief that abstract work is the greatest expression of sincerity.
Geometric abstraction and simplification of form are used in Izam’s paintings to build, order and organize two-dimensional space. His work is not about representing the world around us, but understanding it.
The precedent to this aesthetic principle has a long history, appearing at the vanguard of the 20th century with Russian constructivism, neoplasticism and minimalism. All are associated with the mathematical rythm that shapes the essence of the universe. Izam Zawahra is perpetuating this way of viewing the world.
The way in which the essentials of line and color, deliberately limited, constitute the basic elements that allow the painter to build his artistic universe. There is no intention to give the illusion of traditional three-dimensional perspective. There are no tricks that lead us to a false reality. Only line and color.
To Zawahra, there is no utopia in shapes that are concrete, limited and finite. His utopia is a road, a construction that has no reference in time and space, but is based upon freedom.

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Education

2011
Monocroms and Ready-mades work shop with artist Mathieu Mercier (1970 France).
Escuela de Artes Plasticas de Puerto Rico.

2009
Indidividual studies. Madrid, Spain and Venice, Italy.

BFA in Fine Arts, Painting Major.
Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico

Expirience

Essay; Graffiti: Art and vandalism. Published in CRUCE digital magazine 2011.
Asistant to Artist Ada Bobonis for site specific project presented in the Segunda Bienal de Arquitectura, Arte y Paisaje de Palmas de Gran Canarias, Tenerife 2009.

Actor and Narator; Documentary “La Ruta de los Murales”. Casa Paoli, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, National Endowment For The Arts. 2008

Specialized teacher. Taller de Foto Periodismo 2008.

Member of local and international groups dedicated to Graffiti: FRESH Crew, “BNA Crew” (Bronx National Artist) y “KD Crew” (Knowledge Dominates).

Solo Shows

2011
“Room Temperature”, Galería Universidad Interamericana de Derechos, San Juan PR

Exhibiciones Colectivas

2012
“La Juntilla”, El 1B studio/gallery, San Juan PR
2011
“Pocket”, Cart Watch Gallery, San Juan PR
2010
“On the limit”, Cart Watch Gallery, San Juan PR
“FRESH(abstract art)”, Brio Gallery, San Juan PR “Sreet Art San Juan”, C787 Studios, San Juan PR 2009 “Manos en Lienzo”, Popular Center, Guaynabo PR
Alumni Show, Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico, San Juan PR
Anual Student Show, Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico, San Juan PR
Graduates Show, Museo de las Américas, San Juan PR

2008 Painting Department Show, Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico, San Juan PR
Public art project “Tenderete”, Plaza de Edificios Públicos, Santurce PR Printmaking Department Show, Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico, San Juan PR 2007 “Crime Or Art”, AREA, Caguas PR
“33 Drawings”, Emporium Peroni, San Juan PR 2006 Painting Department Show, Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico, San Juan PR
“6 de Borinquen”, Galería Arte Inversión, San Juan PR 2005 Printmaking Department Show, Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico, San Juan PR
2004 Anual Student Show, Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico, San Juan PR

Art Fairs

CIRCA International Art Fair, San Juan PR 2006, 2009
FCU, Feria de Cultura Urbana, (Mural) Estacion del Tren, Rió Piedras PR 2006, 2007
ARWI International Art Fair, San Juan PR 2006, 2008

Finalist, First Emerging Art Prize,l Banco Popular de Puerto Rico 2009
Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico, San Juan PR 2009
First Prize, Anual Student Show,
Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico, San Juan PR 20092009
Honorable Mention, Anual Student Show,
Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico, San Juan PR 2004