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Eric Zener


Eric Zener's work has been exhibited in the United States, and internationally, for over 20 years. His solo exhibition history has largely been with his long standing dealers in San Francisco and New York. Additionally numerous shows in Asia, Australia, Europe and other galleries in the US have been part of this artist's curriculum.

In 2003, while living in the Costa Brava region of Spain, Zener became interested in watching bathers and began a series of paintings of water, and people’s interaction with water. Much of his work from this period depicts women swimming underwater amidst air bubbles, or diving into depths of the ocean or a pool, and have been described as reminiscent of Hudson River School and Barbizon School painters.

“The subjects in my paintings are voyagers and seekers of truth. Often alone or in groups of two or more, they vulnerably explore their inner self and their quest for meaning.

“Although I am cautious to ‘explain’ the meaning or purpose behind my work, as I believe that meaning is in the eye of the beholder, I will say that most of my work is an observation of the human condition of modern man and woman. Orphaned from the sanctuary of childhood we are faced with life’s challenges and the consequences of our choices. I use our relationship with water, nature and each other as a metaphor for personal transformation, refuge and renewal.

“The quiet landscape of a body of water or a beckoning field provides both a literal and a
psychological place of discovery and confession; or simply a metaphoric snapshot for an ideal state of being.

“The lone figure immersed in water illustrates the constant force and changing tides in our lives. Above the surface we may appear to be together and unaffected, however below the surface, subconsciously, we are in a constant state of transformation and illumination. It is my intention that the journey is hopeful and the ending enlightening.”