James Zar

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James Zar
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Born James Zar
San Pedro, California
Died 10 December 2015
Nationality American
Education San Francisco Art Institute
Known for Still life, figure, landscape
Movement Fantasy art

James Zar (1941 – 10 December 2015),[1] also known as The Still Life Magician, was an American artist notable for his oil-based, fantasy art. Although his works vary, his primary subject matter is still life.[2] He is the stepfather of painter and digital animator Chet Zar.[3]

Born in San Pedro, California, Zar originally studied as an actor. His friend and mentor, Keith Finch, inspired Zar to pursue fine art.[4]


  1. ^ "James Zar's Obituary". Daily Breeze. 22 December 2015. Retrieved 2018-02-28. 
  2. ^ James, Raymond. "Virtual Art Tour". Archived from the original on 2008-01-15. Retrieved 2008-01-06. 
  3. ^ "Chet Zar". chetzar.com. Archived from the original on 2007-12-25. Retrieved 2008-01-06. 
  4. ^ "Artists to Watch September 1998". Southwest Art Magazine. Archived from the original on 2007-09-13. Retrieved 2008-01-07. 

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