Classically trained as a painter and with a degree in fine art, Lithuanian-born artist Ernest Zacharevic describes himself as “a fine artist who prefers to work on the street.”
Based in Penang, Malaysia, he has built a strong reputation in street and fine-art circles with the emotional impact and interdisciplinary nature of his work. Moving freely between oil painting, installation, sculpture, illustration and stencils, Zacharevic regularly combines real objects and painted figures to produce interesting and exciting compositions.
Focusing mostly on portraits and inspired by the ambience and environment around the site he paints, Zacharevic takes a playful approach to painting. At the heart of his work lies the joy and frivolity of children, whom he portrays in playful scenes that border on the nostalgic.
Recently, Zacahrevic has channeled his efforts into environmental and humanitarian causes with his Splash and Burn project, which aims to raise awareness about widespread deforestation and destruction in Indonesia resulting from the palm oil industry.