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Check out Zachary Friedberg’s Artwork

Today we’d like to introduce you to Zachary Friedberg.

Zachary, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
When I was in kindergarten the weekly art instructor often criticized me in front of the class for doing the projects “wrong.” My first-grade teacher called my parents in for a disciplinary meeting because of the “indecent drawings” I made in class (i.e. Bart Simpson nude in the shower). In third-grade, I was accused of having my mom do my creative assignments for me because I “couldn’t have drawn that well.” As a freshman in high school my English teacher wrote on an assignment, “don’t attempt art unless you are an artist” after I elected to draw an optional visual component for a larger assignment. When I first began to paint on canvas, people often described my art as” extremely yonic,” but sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. Since I began exhibiting my artwork at galleries in 2016, such notable celebrities as Travie McCoy and David Duchovny have commissioned me and Viacom International, Inc. has licensed my artwork for use on Nickelodeon Television. My experiences have taught me that taste in art is subjective. As long as I love to create artwork, I will continue to do so.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I create vibrant, highly opaque, pop-surreal paintings that explore the unknown and popular culture. I have always been fascinated by the unknown and our species’ capacity to eventually understand what was previously unknown. Yet, the breadth of what we do know about ourselves, our universe, and existence is monumentally dwarfed by what we do not know. The infinite quality of the unknown inspires my curiosity in equally infinite measure. I am overwhelmed by wonder when I look at the night sky and recognize how insignificant we are on a cosmic scale in both space and time. However, for many people, contemplating the unknown reveals uncertainty that undermines their security in the world around them, so they avoid thinking about it. At best, this aversion can manifest as complacency and at worst as active resistance to new ideas.

Much of my current work represents my curiosity about what we do not know. It optimistically asks: “What awaits us at each new horizon of discovery?” and cautiously wonders “Will our species continue to reveal the unknown, or eventually succumb to intellectual apathy?” History demonstrates that we are well equipped to pursue either path. Which path are you on?

What do you know now that you wished you had learned earlier?
Dedicate yourself to always improving your artwork. Be professional in all interactions and get out of your studio to meet new people as often as possible.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
To purchase original work, the best method is to email me at or DM me on Instagram with a commission request or to buy an available painting. I regularly exhibit my artwork in Southern California. I will be a featured artist at Garage Gallery’s 3rd year anniversary exhibition in downtown LA which runs for two months. The show opens August 26th 8-11 pm.

Address: 715 Garland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: (404) 822-2311

I post most of my work on the following platforms:
Instagram and Facebook @SPECZACULAR

You can purchase prints through my etsy store:

If you love my artwork, but cannot afford a print or original, the best thing you can do is share my artwork with your friends to help me reach a new audience.

Contact Info:

  • Website:
  • Phone: 9497020579
  • Email:
  • Instagram: speczacular
  • Facebook: speczacular
  • Twitter: speczacular

Image Credit:
(c) Zachary Benson Friedberg

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