By now, the name Ernest Zacharevic would strike a chord with anyone who is familiar with the Malaysian art scene. For those who do not know, Zacharevic is a Lithuanian artist who is well-known for his mural paintings which have been colorizing the streets of Penang in recent months.
His ‘Boy On Bicycle’ mural is among the most recognized works which and most Penangites today would have come across his works one way or another along Georgetown’s rustic streets. His works are interesting because Zacharevic uses his paintings to paint a lighter and very subtle mood to the everyday life of his surroundings which the people can often relate to.
The fine arts graduate from London’s Middlesex University is an artist in every sense where he paints full time and is involved in filmmaking, photography and animation. He is currently based in Penang where his works have been talked about and published in countries around the world that include South Africa, Mexico, the United Kingdom, the United States, Brazil as well as in Hong Kong’s Wall Street Journal Asia and Beijing’s China Press, just to name a few.
It is natural that Zacharevic is compared to a renowned street artists Banksy who is based in London although he choose to differ. He said that he admires Banksy for his humour and courage but their works are anything but similar. The humble artist also said that he do not see himself as a street artist where the wall is just another type of canvas. His works were recently seen at the Georgetown Festival 2012 and more recently at the 2012 Urbanscapes festival.