Zaven Paré

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.

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Editions

Press

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Durga

by Zaven Paré

Electronic installation
Metal, plastic, electronics
Unique piece
2016

Danger, will Robinson !

by Zaven Paré

Oil painting on canevas
Unique piece
150 x 200 cm
2016

Golems and Robots 7

by Zaven Paré

Ink on Japanese print paper
Unique piece
25 x 17 cm
2009

Golems and Robots 16

by Zaven Paré

Ink on japanese print paper
Unique piece
25 x 17 cm
2009

Golems and Robots 6

by Zaven Paré

Ink on japanese print paper
Unique piece
25 x 17 cm
2009

Golems and Robots 4

by Zaven Paré

Ink on japanese print paper
Unique piece
25 x 17 cm
2009

Scipion et Berganza 3.0

by Zaven Paré

Audiovisual installation
Wood and metal
Unique Piece
2015

Robots looking towards the future

by Zaven Paré

Engraving extracted from a portofio of 8 works of art
Linoengraving enhanced with watercolor
15
28 x 38 cm
2012

Robots regardant le futur

by Zaven Paré

Engraving extracted from a portofio of 8 works of art
Linoengraving enhanced with watercolor
15
28 x 38 cm
2012

Optic sculpture

by Zaven Paré

Copper and glass
Unique Piece
18 x 12 x 10 cm
2014

Yerevan Cupboard

by Zaven Paré

Sound mobile
Wood, metal, electro-magnet
20 x 27 x 15 cm
2014

Cubist doll

by Zaven Paré

Wood and metal
50 cm high
1989-2013

Masks duo

by Zaven Paré

Sculpture

Aluminium
Unique Piece
40 cm high
1988-2013

Untitled

by Zaven Paré

Indian ink on print paper
21 x 28 cm
2012

Untitled

by Zaven Paré

Indian ink on print paper
21 x 28 cm
2012

Untitled

by Zaven Paré

Indian ink on print paper
21 x 28 cm
2012

Portrait of my mother

by Zaven Paré

Mobile
Metal and ventilator
130 cm high
2011

Anemone

by Zaven Paré

Installation intéractive
Mecano and plastic
15 x 15 x 15 cm
2007

Horseshoe Crab

by Zaven Paré

Responds to signals from remote control

Unique piece
15 x 8 x 30 cm
2007

Cathodic Marionnette

by Zaven Paré

Electronic installation
Metal, cables, televisions, DVD player
Unique Piece
50 x 50 x 50 cm
2007

Cathodic Marionnette

by Zaven Paré

Electronic installation
Metal, cables, televisions, DVD player
Unique piece
50 x 50 x 50 cm
2007

Cathodic Marionnette

by Zaven Paré

Electronic installation
Metal, cables, televisions, DVD player
Unique Piece
50 x 50 x 50 cm
2007

The pineal gland

by Zaven Paré

Mecano, wood and glass, retroprojected image
Unique piece
120 x 100 x 20 cm
2005

The pineal gland

by Zaven Paré

Mecano, wood and glass, retroprojected image
Unique piece
120 x 100 x 20 cm
2005

The origin of the world

by Zaven Paré

Retroprojected images
40 x 35 x 50 cm
2005

Lindberg Flug

by Zaven Paré

Sound installation
Unique piece
20 x 80 x 50 cm
2002

Numbered circuit

by Zaven Paré

Monotype on Arche paper
Unique Piece
25 x 32,5 cm
1995

Numbered circuit

by Zaven Paré

Monotype on Arche paper
Unique Piece
25 x 32,5 cm
1995

Central Falls

by Zaven Paré

Stop motion video
Production Locus Solus
1 min loop
1989

Crococo

by Zaven Paré

Sculpture
Plastic, metal
45 cm
1985

Untitled

by Zaven Paré

Indian ink on print paper
21 x 28 cm
2012

Untitled

by Zaven Paré

Indian ink on print paper
21 x 28 cm
2012

Untitled

by Zaven Paré

Indian ink on print paper
21 x 28 cm
2012

Untitled

by Zaven Paré

Indian ink on print paper
21 x 28 cm
2012

Ocular globes (ensemble)

by Zaven Paré

Mobile
Wood, metal, plastic
Unique Piece
70 cm
2009

Preparatory drawing

by Zaven Paré

Robot

by Zaven Paré

Preparatory drawing
21 × 29,7 cm

Preparatory Drawings

by Zaven Paré

Tracing paper
Unique Piece

Preparatory Drawings

by Zaven Paré

Tracing paper
Unique Piece

Preparatory Drawings

by Zaven Paré

Tracing paper
Unique Piece

Preparatory Drawings

by Zaven Paré

Tracing paper
Unique Piece

Preparatory Drawings

by Zaven Paré

Tracing paper
Unique Piece

Preparatory Drawings

by Zaven Paré

Tracing paper
Unique Piece

Preparatory Drawings

by Zaven Paré

Tracing paper
Unique Piece

Preparatory drawing

by Zaven Paré

Unique Piece

Preparatory Drawings

by Zaven Paré

Tracing paper
Unique piece

Healer's mask

by Zaven Paré

Sculpture
Bois
Unique Piece
15 x 27 x 27 cm
2008

Quad 2.0

by Zaven Paré

28 antennas, aluminium structure
Variable dimensions
2015

Bara

by Zaven Paré

Paranà cardboard mask, electric motor, machinery, chrome-plated screws and lenses
Unique
40 x 26 cm

Exu

by Zaven Paré

Paranà cardboard mask, electric motor, machinery, chrome-plated screws and lenses
Unique
40 x 26 cm

Eleggua

by Zaven Paré

Paranà cardboard mask, electric motor, machinery, chrome-plated screws and lenses
Unique
40 x 26 cm

Aluvaià

by Zaven Paré

Paranà cardboard mask, electric motor, machinery, chrome-plated screws and lenses
Unique
40 x 26 cm

Partition de musique sérielle

by Zaven Paré

8 copies
2'27"
2016