By Artsvi Bakhchinyan
Special to the Mirror-Spectator
RIO DE JANEIRO/YEREVAN — French-Brazilian painter and new media artist Zaven Paré, born in 1961 in France, has a rich biography, filled with a myriad forms of art and technology.
He started his career as the painter for the Beauvais Manufactory, a historic tapestry factory in Beauvais, France in 1987 and was the painter for the Manufacture nationale de Sèvres porcelain in 1991. In 1988, he created his first inflatable structure for the set design of choreographer Marie Chouinard, for the Olympics Arts Festival of Calgary, and started working for well-known Canadian experimental choreographer Edouard Lock.
He designed the circular video projection screens for the 1990 David Bowie tour and also designed the sound installation for composer Mauricio Kagel in 1992 at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Montreal.
Since 1993 Zaven Paré has lived in Brazil. He has worked internationally in the theater: for the Théâtre Ubu he created the decor and the costumes for “Woyzzek” and “Les trois derniers jours de Fernando Pessoa”; he also created the decor for a production of “Don Giovanni” at the Opéra de la Bastille in Paris. He also cooperated with the Lalala Human Steps dance company and the Amsterdam National Ballet.