David Zeller (ZED)
The multiplicity of the world is what drives Zed to create. Born in 1976 in Mulhouse, this self-taught sculptor has been honing his craft since the age of twelve, working with various materials. As a child on the beach, he discovered the potential of sand; when he was older and living in the West Indies, he started working in the wood tradition. Since 2010, the full-time artist has been exploring his favourite material: acrylic glass. His sculptures can be red, they can be purple, green, yellow, or even blue - Zed explores the chromatic potential of the medium.
He then conceived his most famous work, the Flexo: a neutral character with a unique silhouette, intended as a support for his research on attitudes and movement. Zed believes that "it is possible to retranscribe all emotions, to say everything, just through gestures". Through its varied postures, the Flexo embodies his desire to capture the multiple, the gesture in its fluidity: "Alternately in love, contemplative, bold or insolent, each Flexo is a reflection of us".
Impossible to mould industrially, each of the Flexo's "cool", "audacious", "active", and "desperate" attitudes is acquired by hand thermoforming.
ZED has always been sculpting. He was born with the gift of sculpture. His family did not expose him to art and becoming an artist was far from his concerns. His youth does not resemble the Happy Family that constitutes his work. The wise child took refuge in his imagination and built the exceptional resilience that would lead him to become an artist. At the age of 12, on the beach, he discovered the potential of sand; as a young adult, clay became his confidant. Driven by the need to create, to express his sensitivity through the material, David Zeller remembers: "As a child, I used to sculpt life-size bodies on the sand and later, we spent evenings with friends modelling characters.
When he was more mature, living in the West Indies, he discovered precious wood and sculpted his first works in an unprecedented instinctive creative urgency. Figurative, sensual, oscillating between an ethnic and classical style, they met with dazzling success and a few months later, his first auction allowed him to be referenced in the files of Artprice, the world's leading artist rating agency. ZED's artistic career was officially launched.
To emancipate his art, he decided to move to Italy, making a detour to his native Alsace: "It was Christmas 2009 and I found myself without a studio. Without wood. I got some Plexiglas scraps from a nearby industrial and created Flexo to make art accessible to everyone." The unique silhouette, almost a sign of this character purified to the essentials, without gender, without ethnicity and without a face, was an immediate success. The Flexo Edition was born! With its varied postures, the Flexo embodies the multiplicity of our behaviours. It is the reflection of our individual identity: singular, multiple, fluid and shared.
From Tokyo to Miami, via Europe, Flexo is present in thirty galleries around the world. In 2020, ZED launched Passwords. Worthy heirs of Op art or optical art, these paintings of a refined geometric aestheticism that inevitably impact the eye, each contain a hidden message dear to the artist.