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MFS Artist Residency: Zio Ziegler

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The subconscious, our morass of emotion, is rife with the four fundaments of the MFS Residency Program: Chaos, Color, Motion, and Trajectory. Through this frenetic wasp nest feelings, intuitions, and dreams ricochet and carom against one another massing with momentum until they rise as a thought… POW! Zio Ziegler has tapped into the subconscious and captured its pure energy, pouring it out onto the canvas of kit to deliver a symphony of mind-melting colors, shapes, and suggestions that transmit a shock of euphoria to the brain. What he created is an existential CLIF Shot, a transcendent riding uniform that will empower your mind, body, and soul.


Zio Ziegler (born February 18, 1988) is an American artist, known for his intricately patterned paintings and his large-scale murals that can be seen in major cities in the U.S., Europe and Asia. His work reflects the diverse influences of late medieval and quattrocento painting, aboriginal, African and naive art, and the European graffiti movement. Driven by intuition and depicted with a playful use of space and materials, his subject matter reflects the human condition, with reference to allegorical, mythical and artistic lineage. He paints in the belief that his paintings complete themselves by triggering self-discovery in their viewers. Zio Ziegler studied at The Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University. Since graduating with a BFA from RISD in 2010, Ziegler has developed an international studio and mural practice to support his philosophy that art should be available to all. He currently lives and works in San Francisco.

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