NEW YORK, June 22, 2022 / PRNewswire / – Born in New York, Marc Zaref received his BFA al Rhode Island School of Designand also studied at the Art Students League of New YorkCenter for the Metal Arts and the Silvermine School of Art.
Multidisciplinary artist Marc Zaref honors Ukrainian solidarity with Defiance
Known by some as a sculptor, others as a painter and by many designers, the foundation of Zaref’s processes is drawing, evident in his work on paper and through playful assemblages of forged and welded steel. With a wide range of skills, coupled with the knowledge and convenience of working with a wide range of methods and materials, Zaref freely articulates his expressions and ideas in two and three dimensions.
Inspired by the resilience and courage of the citizens of Ukraineas well as his grandparents’ stories of how they escaped Kiev And Odessa in 1918, soon after the Bolsheviks invaded the region, he created Zaref Challengea series of sculptures that symbolize their resistance and support for the solidarity of the free world.
The shape, derived from the “Czech Hedgehog” (most commonly seen in historical WWII images on Normandy beaches), is a simple but effective wartime structure intended as an obstacle for tanks and armored vehicles. With three mutually supporting elements, Zaref has chosen the colors of the Ukrainian flag – yellow (gold) and blue – and white as a symbolic element of international support and world peace. Designed for rapid fabrication and material acquisition, the sculptures are installed as single or multiple units indoors or outdoors.
“As an artist, I am grateful to have the ability to contribute with a visual voice bringing attention to the Ukrainian people and their plight of defending their home and democracy,” says Zaref.
ON Friday 24th June, Challenge! A Ukrainian solidarity project of Marc Zaref will be presented to the community in Pairs, Maui, Hawaii at the opening of a gallery at Art Project Paia, a multidisciplinary gallery representing emerging and established international, continental and local artists with a strong Hawaiian sensibility.
Known for large-format sculptures and installations, Zaref worked closely with Art Project Paia to create smaller versions of Challenge reducing the size of the artwork and allowing for a lower price, thus making the installation more easily accessible to all.
Made of steel and paint and created in unique editions and sizes ranging from 7 to 20 inches, the sculptures honoring Ukrainian solidarity will be available for purchase at the gallery with prices ranging from $ 500 – $ 3,000. Unique editions are also available for online purchase. A portion of the sales will go to Ukraine’s National Women’s League of America, the largest Ukrainian women’s organization around the United States whose mission is to promote and develop educational and cultural efforts and to provide humanitarian assistance to Ukrainians around the world.
“The work is a symbol of our times, the symbol of resistance against oppression and the importance of freedom. All those who are against this war should want to show by Marc Zaref work, at home or in the office. It is an honor to represent Marc and his people Challenge Project, “he says Tatiana Bottoneowner of Art Project Paia.
To find out more about the Ukrainian solidarity project, view Zaref’s work, CV and / or experience his studio, visit MarcZaref.com.
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