Jacksonville, FL b. 1991
Alexander Zastera is known for their large-scale hyper surreal mystical paintings, found object installations and public performance centered around the environment. Zastera is graduating with a Masters in Environmental Studies from Florida International University (2023) and has a BFA in Studio art and BA in art history from Florida State University. Based in Miami, Florida, their practice is centered around connecting people to help the local South Florida communities. Their paintings center start as conversations, mixers and 'events' the artist hosts, which then get memorialized onto canvas.
Zastera’s more playful community work builds a common language of the geosciences and motivation to change our current carbon producing energy systems through public education initiatives. Using a superhero character, “the Climate Crusader '' they are building an educational web series that highlights science, the local voices of those making a difference, the how tos policy shaping, and sociology with South Florida Flare. Their projects aim to increase the understanding of the importance of the environment in decision making by bringing together organizations, city decision makers, lawyers, artists, technology experts, scientists, educators, and families to collectively tell the story of Miami’s resiliency in the face of climate change. They have been a resident artist in the Miami Dade Library system with ProjectArt USA and their work has been featured at Deep Space Gallery, & Gallery, Locust Projects, PAMM, MOCA Nomi, and Superfine! Art Fair: NYC.
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