About the Artist:
Zave was born in Atlanta, Georgia.  He never met his mother.  As a child Zave was a problem child, and stayed in trouble.  Zave was introduced to art and in his words “art changed his outlook on life and has brought him closer to God.  He now looks upon his life and talents as a gift, for which he is very thankful.

Zave's Artist Statement:
"I am of the father, as the father is of me; therefore I do the will of him, through the expression of my craft."

Comments by the Assistant Curator

Comments by the Assistant Curator

Zave Nelson work is a story of where he has come from. As a young boy, Nelson lived a life of trouble and suffered from never meeting his mother.  When Nelson began working with art, he started growing and realizing that what was missing in his life was God.  The viewer is able to see the growth in faith was present in Nelson’s life due to his Biblical themes in his work.  Biblical art is not new to the art scene.  Early Christian artwork really began to show around the 3rd-7th century but is still flourishing into the present.  There are Biblical Art museums popping up around the country.  Nelson’s work shows both Bible passages and spirituality.  Jerusalem and Man’s First Sin cover stories of creation.  Love 91 shares about one of the responsibilities of being a Christian (due to the cross symbol in the piece) is to love your neighbor as yourself and to play a positive role in fellow people’s lives.
 
Along with a religious background in Nelson’s work, Surrealism and Symbolism plays a role in his pieces.  Rene Magritte and Salvador Dali, two Surrealist painters, created their artwork with symbols and Freudian theories.  Nelson’s artwork contains multiple layers.  At first glance, the viewer sees a compilation of images and subjects but then is able to bring their own experiences into the piece and dissect Nelson’s true intention.
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