Zaven Paré builds the machines he draws (Ballard Museum of Puppetry, Connecticut and Musée Gadagne, Lyon collections).
Paré was born in Fort de l'Eau (Algeria) and grew up in the Paris region. He studied painting and engraving at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Paris and scientific drawing at the National Museum of Natural History. In 1983, he exhibited his first major installation at the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris.
Paré settled in Montréal in 1986, where he worked on multiple fronts including illustration, painting and design, crossing the boundaries of traditional models of creation with various media. Painting occupied a large part of his work during the prolific 1980s, during which he also designed sets and costumes for the choreographers Marie Chouinard and Edouard Lock, in addition to the composer Mauricio Kagel and for the director Denis Marleau.
Upon returning to France in the 1990s, Zaven resumed printmaking and published numerous artist's books, and also accepted commissions from prestigious manufactures such as Aubusson, Beauvais and Sèvres.
Zaven Paré is also known as a performer, notably for his use of robotics.
Paré holds a Post-Doctorate in Robotics from Osaka University (2010) and a Doctorate in Letters from the University of Metz (2009). He is an associate researcher of the Japanese Populations (INALCO), Anthropology and Anthropomorphism (ARTMAP) and Theatricality, Performativity and Presence Effects (UQAM / Canada) laboratories. He was laureate of the French American Fund of Performing Arts at the Californian Institute for the Arts (CalArts) in Los Angeles (1999-2001), and of the Arte e Tecnologia - RioArte grant in Brazil (2002).
Furthermore, Paré was awarded a residency at Villa Kujoyama as well as a grant from the Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) while working as a Robot Drama Researcher on playwright Oriza Hirata’s theatre repertoire for humanoids and androids in the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory, directed by Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro.
Paré received the Sergio Motta award (São Paulo/Brésil) for his artistic career in 2011.