Jack Zajac

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Jack Zajac
Born (1929-12-13) December 13, 1929 (age 85)
Youngstown, Ohio
Nationality American
Education Scripps College, Claremont, California
Known for Sculpture, Painting
Movement West Coast Romantic Surrealism[1]
'Ram's Skull and Horn', bronze sculpture by Jack Zajac, 1976, Honolulu Museum of Art

Jack Zajac (born December 13, 1929) is a Californian West Coast artist who has been concerned with the “Romantic Surrealist tradition”.[2]

”To have a message or an emotional stimulation soaked up by an uncertainty of the Artist’s tool — color — shape — form — which are the punctuation of his message, is a discouraging thing. This is the kind of anemia I’m trying to eliminate.”[3]


Jack Zajac is an American artist who was born December 13, 1929 in Youngstown, Ohio. In 1946, his family moved to southern California. After he graduated from high school, he got a job at Kaiser Steel Mill. This experience helped finance his attendance at art school at Scripps College in Claremont, California from 1949 to 1953.


In 1948, Zajac won a scholarship at a California State Fair student exhibition in Sacramento. He was named recipient of the Purchase Prize at the Pasadena Art Museum in 1950, which led to his first one man exhibit. He is known for his sculptures in bronze and marble, as well as his figurative paintings. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Rome Prize. He is a member of The American Academy of Arts and Letters and the National Academy of Design. He has been an Artist in Residence at the American Academy in Rome, Dartmouth College and the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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He is best known for his bronze sculptures that resemble animal skulls, such as Ram's Skull and Horn, installed in a courtyard of the Honolulu Museum of Art. Cowell College at UC Santa Cruz, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Israel Museum (Jerusalem), The Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City), the Pasadena Museum of California Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the San Jose Museum of Art, the Wildling Museum (Solvang, CA) and the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis) are among the public collections holding works by Jack Zajac.

'Big Skull II', bronze sculpture by Jack Zajac, 1929, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden


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