Zulu was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky; shortly thereafter, his family relocated to Terre Haute, Indiana and his teenage years were spent in Sarasota, Florida.
Attracted to and influenced by the old masters, he was also drawn to the bizarre side of the surrealist movement; the two strong influences are evident in his work to this day.
After his education at Ringling School of Art & Design and relocating to Los Angeles, Zulu’s endeavors became engrossed in the direct participation and study of tribal and indigenous cultures around the globe; particularly their rites, sacred tattooing, rituals and arts.
He has also studied in the private ateliers of modern master painters honing his skills in traditional European styles and techniques.
Zulu has given lectures and demonstrations at the Boston Museum of Art, Los Angeles Craft & Folk Art Museum, UCLA Art Departments, Disney Studios, the Ministry of Arts in Tahiti, the Tribal Council of Samoa, The History Channel, various TV and literary media and many other institutions of the arts.
Zulu is a classical/surrealist whose current work is what he often refers to as “Comprehensive Portraiture”; his capture of a person’s seen and obscured essential world. When asked about his style he quoted, “ I originally intended to be a traditional classical portrait painter but there is so much more to a person than what we physically see unless interpreted with some aspects of surrealism.”
His work is meticulously thought out in preparation; the juxtaposition of bodies, alchemic symbols, numerology, equations, glyphs and specified sacred objects are layered into a lush romantic setting.
Zulu says, “Each and every one of us are unique with an often untold story; my paintings tell that story. My work is a mirror of who we are and to celebrate and be fascinated with ourselves and the world we live in.”
Winter is one in my ‘Seasons” series. All of the women in this series represent goddesses I have created that embody the mystical powers of mother nature.
Each goddess is accompanied by a spirit animal and supported by ancient arcane symbols of power.