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Street Art Uncategorized | Dillion Phiri | 18 July, 2013

Ernest Zacharevic

We speak to Ernest Zacharevic the man who has been transforming the streets of Malaysia with a brilliant series of interactive murals.

CN: What makes you wake in the morning?
Ernest Zacharevic: That’s a good question. I am a night person and waking up in the morning is not my …

We speak to Ernest Zacharevic the man who has been transforming the streets of Malaysia with a brilliant series of interactive murals.

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CN: What makes you wake in the morning?

Ernest Zacharevic: That’s a good question. I am a night person and waking up in the morning is not my favorite thing. Usually it’s my girlfriend that makes me get out of bed. It’s either her or hunger. Breakfast is a good motivational cause to wake up.

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CN: How has everything started?

Ernest Zacharevic: You mean my artist career? I was doing since I can remember myself. I was so into it that my parents send me to a national art school in Vilnius. It was a very strict classical art education boarding school where I learned all the basic skills. Afterwards there was an art degree in London and all the influences from the East London. 5 years later I got bored with the city and decided to travel a bit in SEA and this is how I have discovered Malaysia.

 

CN: What inspired your mural in Georgetown, Malaysia 2012? What’s the response been like?

Ernest Zacharevic: George Town is beautiful, all the textures, old walls, pealing paint. It’s amazing; I was itching to leave a mark since the first day I arrived there. George Town Festival director Joe Sidek liked my idea of using the city as a canvas and helped to kick of the project. Everybody seems to be happy about it.

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CN: Your street art work is very interactive, what inspired that?

Ernest Zacharevic: All my artwork is site-specific, so the subject needs to reflect the space as well as the people who are going to see it. I want my artwork to blend in with the environment, to become an organic part of the landscape therefore it needs to be interactive and easily accessible.

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CN: Which surface do you prefer, canvas, paper, wall?

Ernest Zacharevic: I love all of it! I paint on everything – sometimes it is old rusty metal door, sometimes a sketchbook. I don’t really care about the medium and surface so much.

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CN: What was your hardest project and why?

Ernest Zacharevic: Animation! Making free music video was hard. Long hours, a lot of stress and not much money. Was fun though!

CN: Where are you based?

Ernest Zacharevic: I’m in Vilnius at the moment, but generally I’m based in Penang.

CN: What’s the creative community like in you city?

Ernest Zacharevic: In  art community is very small, you know everybody and do things together. I like that! We hang out, influence each others work and do group shows. It’s very cute small town community. Nothing comparable to London or New York, but I prefer this at the moment. Art community in Penang is about collaboration not competition.

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CN: Which fellow creative/artist do you admire the most currently?

Ernest Zacharevic: Svankmajer, Teo Jansen, Mark Jenkins, Christian Marclay, fellow Lithuanian artist Gogelmogel is a clever guy.

CN: What is creativity?

Ernest Zacharevic: Life.

More on his work & travels http://www.zachas.com/ | Facebook

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