I’m Left-Handed, therefor I’m never right. Learn from your mistakes, otherwise you will make them again. I believe that anything & everything in life is possible. If you can visualize it in your mind’s eye, then it’s possible to manifest it. I have dreams of being a Polyglot by the time I’m 60 years old. Skateboarding in the street during rush hour traffic is dangerous, but very fun. Humility, and empathy are attractive characteristics for a person to practice. Not knowing all the answers, is sometimes the best answer to have. I find that it’s more interesting the process of the journey, than the actual destination. Richard Pryor’s stand up comedy makes me laugh a lot. Negative space in a painting is actually very positive. Sharing information, and being supportive of other peoples dreams are very important to me.
My name is Tavar Zawacki and I live in Berlin, Germany. I was born in the Foothills of Northern California in 1981 from two creative hippie parents (hence my unique name, Tavar). I was encouraged by both parents at a very young age to express myself through art, and music. When I was 13 years old I was introduced to both Skateboarding, and Graffiti. As a teenager I spent my time after school skateboarding, and painting graffiti on trains at the freight train yard. I was magnetized towards Skateboarding, and Graffiti because they were both D.I.Y. and independent ways of expressing myself. I graduated High School with good marks, but I wasn’t interested in college, I was more interested to start traveling the world and painting.
When I was 19 years old I bought a plane flight to Paris, France. I took with me a backpack of clothes, all the money in my bank account ($1,500 dollars), and a 'rise above my fears’ approach for starting my art career. 'ABOVE' was my graffiti moniker, and in 2001 I decided to stop painting the traditional letter style graffiti of A-B-O-V-E, but to instead create an universally recognized icon that represented 'ABOVE'. This was during 2001, and at the birth stages of what is now known as ‘Street Art’. The arrow icon I painted was representational of the powerful mentality to ‘Rise Above’ fears, challenges, and anything holding you back from your goals. I'm a self taught artist having gained my knowledge through the trials and errors of my creative process. For me, I find it attractive to see other artists that bring their raw, unaltered, and natural spirit into their practice. I gained my education, and value system from having met new people from an array of cultures, beliefs, and communities. I have lived in a variety of different countries that I credit for being my largest sources of inspiration. For 15 years I lived a nomadic lifestyle, having painted in many countries around the world, yet I've still (at time of writing this) never been to Texas!
In the summer of 2014 I moved to Berlin to focus on building a new permanent foundation in Germany. My interests had shifted from traveling the world, and painting in the street, to developing, and refining my indoor studio practice. I call this my ‘introspective downtime’, because for the first time in my adult life I was not traveling, or moving from one place to another. During the three years that followed, I focused my attention inwards, observing issues that lived deep inside myself. With a lot of brutal honesty, and conviction for growth, I was able to take inventory of what no longer served me in my life. I initiated the process of cutting off the dead weight, and making space for new growth. My self imposed 'shadow of anonymity' with my artist name 'ABOVE' was isolating me from the rest of the world. Furthermore, not creating my artworks under my birth name, Tavar Zawacki, was not only stifling, but pigeonholed my artworks to the dependency of an arrow symbol.
It is with great pleasure, that today I am able to rectify, and bury once and for all, these counter productive characteristics that have blocked my progress for the past 20 years. Today is the day where I start my fearless journey with my creative pursuits. The momentum has been building, and the barriers that once stood in my way, are now being broken down. I'm not at all concerned as to where the destination of my journey will lead me. I have faith and trust that the process of the journey itself will teach, and inspire me along the way!
If you would like to read more, Wikipedia is a great place to do that. Thank you for reading this far. I’m grateful for your interest, and support. If you would like to contact me directly, please find my info in the Contact page. Reach out and say 'hello'. I wish you a wonderful day.
“Go With The Flow, And Trust In The Unknown.” -2002