Eric Zener’s work is centered around water. Figures float and swim or are submerged. Light is refracted, colors reflecting from swimming figures becoming abstract forms. We see pools with evidence of a figure - a splash, but no form. Water communicates a nostalgia the artist feels for its place in his childhood, memories of summers; but it also holds deeper meaning to the artist, representing both physical and spiritual rebirth. Zener works uses a process that combines layering photographs that have been printed on gold or silver leafed panels before applying layers of paint and resin. The result is a composition in which the idea of floating is not only depicted, but presented, each layer of a piece separating furth the foreground and background, allowing for a vacillation between them.
Zener received a BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, CA. He has shown his work across the US including at Chicago Art Fair, Chicago, IL, Dallas Art Fair, Dallas, TX, Art Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM, Art20 Park Avenue Armory, New York, NY, and dozens of others. He has also shown his work internationally including at Casa Forestal, Sant Martí d'Empúries, Catalonia, Spain, Galleria Dieffe, Turin, Italy, Art London, London, UK, Persterer Contemporary Fine Art, Zurich, Switzerland, and Gallery Savah, Sydney, Australia. He is part of collections such as those of W Hotel, New York, NY, Banana Republic, San Francisco, CA, and Wyndham Hotel, and the Howard A. and Judith Tullman Art Collection.