Ben Zamora is an American artist, whose work is primarily based in light. Over the last few years, Zamora has developed an impressive body of work that creates a dialogue between the viewer and their environment, while addressing universal themes of life, transformation, and transcendence. His work draws on primary natural elements fire, water, earth and sun, distilling these elements down to a visceral response and creating experiences that are boldly immersive and intimate, engaging the viewer as an active participant. He has created large-scale installations and sculptures for the Park Avenue Armory in New York, The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Art Basel/Design Miami, Kunsthalle Krems in Austria, The Frye Art Museum, Suyama Space, as well as a number of other galleries, museums, private art collections, and public art projects.
Zamora’s work moves seamlessly between performance and visual art, where he creates light-based sculptures and art installations for performance-based work, including projects with Kronos Quartet, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Barbican, Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. His artistic collaborators have included Bill Viola, Gronk, Peter Sellars, Steve Reich and Beryl Korot, the renowned architecture firm Olson Kundig Architects, Casey Curren, and Saint Genet.
Zamora's projects have been seen at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York, Mariinsky Theatre in Russia, Festival Aix-en-Provence, Brisbane Festival in Australia, the Donau Festival in Austria, Royal Festival Hall in London, Stockholm’s Baltic Sea Festival, the Helsinki Festival, the Berliner Festspiele, the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland, DeDoelen in The Netherlands, Salle Pleyel in Paris, and The Getty Villa in Los Angeles.
Photos by: Aaron Leitz, Oliver Ottenschläger, Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times, Ben Zamora