ABOUT MY ART

Open-Flame Pyrography


Fire grants new identity to wood panels in my larger-than-life portraits. Most traditional portraiture creates a likeness aiming to capture the spirit of the subject. I do the same, but use a blowtorch rather than a paintbrush in my distinctive method called Open-Flame Pyrography.

My current work is comprised of large portraits burnt into planks of wood. I look at my artistic practice as collaboration with nature, using the traditionally destructive element of fire to breathe new life into an organic material.

The varied grains, knots and flaws in each piece of wood offer an infinite amount of creative opportunity. I recognize and celebrate imperfections in both the medium and in the people whose portraits I burn.

Ideas surrounding identity drive me to create; the pyrographs focus on the essence of the person while retaining physical anonymity. My work is about humanity, individuality and depth of feeling.


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Solo Gallery Exhibitions & Immersive Installations

2016 - Close. The Promenade Gallery. Pomona, CA
2016 - Portraits. DBA256 Gallery. Pomona, CA
2016 - Metamorphosis. Stone Malone Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2015 - Olympus. Moskowitz Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2014 - Under the Surface. Diavolo Studios, Los Angeles, CA
2014 - Pyrographs. Stay Gallery, Downey, CA
2014 - A Forest Dark. California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
2013 - The Labyrinth. California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
2013 - Conversations. California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

Group Gallery Exhibitions

2017 - The Food Show, Bleicher Project Space (Bergamont Station), Santa Monica, CA
2017 - Conception Art Show, Iron Triangle Brewery, Los Angeles, CA
2016 - Seystems + Process, Angel City Brewery, Los Angeles, CA
2015 - Create FIxate: Branching Out, Los Angeles, CA
2015 - Brentwood Art Festival. Brentwood, CA
2015 - 144(ii) - Bleicher Project Space (Bergamont Station), Santa Monica, CA
2014 - 2 Years. Stay Gallery, Downey, CA
2014 - Artists Across America. Flower Pepper Gallery, Pasadena, CA
2014 - The Chocolate and Art Show, KGB Studios, Los Angeles, CA
2013 - The Power House. California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
2013 - Wish List. The Gabba Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2013 - Wood, Metal, Screw. The Gabba Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2013 - TEDxCalArts: Performance, Body & Presence. REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA
2012 - Outside Our Practice. California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
2012 - The One and The Many. Fisher Museum of Art (USC), Los Angeles, CA
2012 - Indigenous to Somewhere. University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Art Walks and Festivals

2018 - Lucidity Festival: Rising Dawn, Santa Barbara, CA
2018 - The Fire Garden, Bonsall, CA
2017 - Reawakening, Clusterfu, Los Angeles, CA
2017 - Venice Afterburn, Venice, CA
2017 - Love Long Beach Festival, Long Beach, CA
2016 - BAM Festival, 18th Street Art Center, Santa Monica, CA
2016 - Downtown LA Art Walk, Angel City Brewery, Los Angeles, CA
2016 - Mar Vista Art Walk, Mar Vista, CA
2016 - NoHo Art Walk, North Hollywood, CA
2016 - Pomona Downtown Art Walk, Pomona, CA
2016 - Summer Meltdown Art and Music Festival, Santa Clarita, CA
2015 - Brentwood Art Festival, Brentwood, CA
2015 - Chinese New Years Festival. (Chinatown) Los Angeles, CA
2015 - Yellow StarGate Celebration. Appleville, CA

Artist for Interdisciplinary Productions and Special Events

2017 - Angels Project Fundraiser, Malibu, CA
2016 - Surf Rodeo, Music Festival. Ventura, CA
2016 - Night Market, Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre. Los Angeles, CA
2016 - Inferno: The Gates. California Institute of the Arts
2016 - Backstage. Bootleg Theater, Los Angeles, CA
2015 - The Night Before (Emmy's Party) Century City, CA
2014 - NoHo PAC Fall Concert. NoHo PAC, North Hollywood, CA
2014 - What the Thunder Said. California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
2014 - L'Ombre dans L'Eau. California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
2014 - Harmonic Tangents. California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
2012 - Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet. California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

Selected Commissions & Permanent Installations

2015 - Venice Blvd Mural. Venice, CA
2015 - Austin Musicians, Hotel Van Zandt, Austin, TX
2013 - Sunset Room, Bel-Air Bar + Grill, Los Angeles, CA

Awards and Publications

2017 - "The Frame" KPCC Radio Segment - Painting with Fire
2017 - Why We Work - Episode 2 - Model 05 Productions
2016 - Blogtown - Zachary Aronson on Venice Boulevard
2016 - Art and Cake - Studio Visits | Where the Magic Happens
2016 - Art and Cake - Zachary Aronson: Walking the Line of Fire
2016 - We Choose Art - Zachary Aronson
2016 - Artillery Magazine – Zachary Aronson | Portraits
2016 - Blogtown - Zachary Aronson on Venice Boulevard.
2016 - Diversions LA - Zachary Aronson at Stone Malone Gallery
2016 - Trazee Travel - Street Art in Los Angeles
2015 - Bernzomatic: Moments of Fire Award 2015
2015 - Tache Magazine - Zachary Aronson: Setting the Art World on Fire
2015 - Divulge Magazine - Artist Spotlight: Pyrographic Artist Zachary Aronson
2015 - 24700 - News from CalArts
2014 - The Downey Legend - Pyrographic
2013 - Zephyr Magazine - Aquelle
2013 - The Daily Trojan

Education

2012 - BFA, Studio Art. University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
2014 - BFA, Art, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
2016 - MFA, Scene Design, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA