British-Trinidadian artist Zak Ové was born in 1966 in London. He earned a BA in Film as Fine Art from St. Martin’s School of Art (1984-1987). His multi-disciplinary practice across sculpture, film and photography responds to his heritage and notions of identity through the lens of multiculturalism and dialogues between past and future. His work is informed in part through the history and lore carried through the African diaspora to the Caribbean, Britain and beyond with particular focus on traditions of masking and masquerade as a tool of self emancipation.
Ové has presented solo sculpture installations in the Great Hall at the British Museum, London, UK; San Francisco Civic Centre, San Francisco, CA; Forecourt of Somerset House, London; The New Art Centre, Roche Court, Salisbury; Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Yorkshire, UK; The Ford Foundation, NY; The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto; Los Angeles County Museum (LACMA), CA; The Slavery Museum, Liverpool; Frieze Sculpture Park, London; 3D Sculpture Park, Switzerland; Freies Museum, Berlin; Dapper Museum, Paris.
Ové’s work is featured in a number of museum collections throughout the world, as well as in private foundations and collections such as the British Museum, London, UK (where it is the first work acquired from a Caribbean artist); Newark Museum, New Jersey, USA; Pérez Art Museum Miami, Florida, USA; Modern Forms, London, UK; David Roberts Art Foundation, London, UK; Jameel Collection, Saudi Arabia; Facebook Corporate Collection, London, UK; 21C Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, USA; Beth Rudin De Woody Collection, New York, USA; Walid Kamhawi Collection, Dubai, UAE; Frédéric de Goldschmidt, Brussels, Belgium; Levett Collection, London, UK; Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, Ohio, USA; and the Salsali Private Museum, Dubai, UAE.