Alexander Zimmerman, aka Zim. Has been a creative his entire life. He chooses to define himself using the term “creative” as opposed to any specific genre of creativity. He was raised by a carpenter, which makes him comfortable in a wood shop and around tools designed for the practice of wood working. He got his Bachelor of Fine Art in fiber arts at the University of Washington School of Art + Art History + Design, and his Master of Fine Arts at San Diego State University School of Art + Design. He has also had a long career as a musician, coming from the Seattle music community. 

His most recent work is researching the intersection of mark making, the internet, and activism. A recent series he produced titled, “American Hero”, is an investigation and a response to what has most impacted him resulting from the summer of 2020. Covid-19, the murder of George Floyd, and the presidential election were the most significant events that played a part in this series. As a white man, he wanted to find the appropriate platform and way to express his thoughts on ideas such as social justice, racism, and politics.

Mark making is a significant idea in his work. As an artist he has a strong belief in the importance, practice, and relationship with drawing. He finds inspiration and influence in the mark making of artists such as Jean Michel Basquiat, David Choe, and Edgar Degas. Currently his primary form of mark making is with ink and brush.

Video is also an important tool in his work, it is also his access point to using the internet as a primary expression for his artistic process.  He recently discovered and has been practicing live streaming on his YouTube channel theZimvideo. He is exploring how he can share his work through this medium. His most recent livestreams are an integral part of the “American Hero” series. While on stream he is producing portraits of people he believes stand for ideas that are making our society a better society through activism and action. His goal is to engage his audience through art making and conversation. He incorporates the live responses and reactions he is getting to his art and process and applies it in real time to his pieces.