Contemporary artist Peter Zarnoti inspires, startles and awakens new insights in his photography, forcing us to look at historical art and contemporary images in a new way. The term “appropriation” in art refers to an artist using images and objects from the past with little or no transformation to create a new art form. It has played an important role in the visual arts, literature, music and drama. In visual art, appropriation means to adapt, borrow, copy or imitate aspects or an entire art form from past works.
Throughout history artists have refined and redefined their art by imitating old masters. The result adds a new perspective to what it was based upon to create a new and often equally enduring work of art. Zarnoti follows in their footsteps. His fascination with classical art and contemporary images transcends the barriers of time, brings new meaning to familiar symbols, and reveals the influence of those who have gone before us. Centuries are compressed as the temporal and eternal, past and present, weave their tapestry in his art, revealing the timeless links that embrace humanity.
Peter Zarnoti was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1946. He attended the Art Students League of New York in 1967 and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts in 1978, where he studied under the internationally famous artist Gustav Liken. Liken recognized Zarnoti’s exceptional creativity and artistic ability and inspired him to drop advertising design for fine art where he could apply his vision and his passion without restraint.
In Chicago Peter Zarnoti was represented and exhibited by Gilman Galleries (1969 –1980). In Minneapolis, he has been represented and exhibited by Flanders Contemporary Art Gallery (1991–present)