Deborah Zavon lives and works in New York. She earned a BA at New York University College of Arts and Sciences. She studied with various prominent artists at NYU, The New School, Visual Arts, The New York Academy of Art, the National Academy of Design, and the Arts Students League, where she is a life member. Her work has been shown in print, including in the Art Students League catalog, and in virtual and physical galleries and various other venues, and is held in private collections. Physical venues include the Gedelsky Gallery, MD, Manhattan Borough President’s Office, Art Students League Red Dot shows, Postcards from the Edge, Shelley’s New York, Gensler Portrait Exhibit, etc. Virtual sites include the Art Students League, Allied Artists of America, Morgan Library Portrait Competition, LIC Artists Organization, and J. Mane Gallery: honorable mentions, Bronze awards; Grey Cube Gallery: merit award, honorable mentions. She has been presented with several additional awards and commendations over the years.
“As a child, I found joy in rendering the world around me. That feeling of exhilaration has grown through the years. I find expressing an emotional response to a living subject to be fulfilling and rewarding. In doing so, I lose myself and I learn about myself at the same time.“
I am in cahoots with my pencil
I am fascinated by the ability to simulate different textures and surfaces with only a simple pencil. That I can cause the eye to see hard, soft, rough, smooth, glass, water, leather, wool, wood, skin, and hair consistently amazes me. To be able to create emotion, express sadness, happiness, and wonder, and change a frown to a smile just by moving my pencil constantly surprises me. I want to keep pushing us to see what more we can accomplish. I consider my medium my collaborator, creating of world of our making.