Peter Zambas was born in New Mexico and raised in New York and Los Angeles.
After graduating from high school in Southern California, he went on to study industrial design at the Arizona State University School of Environmental Design. He worked for fifteen years in product design and manufacturing in the Los Angeles area.
In 1999, after a bout with cancer, he and his wife quit their city jobs and moved to Humboldt County, on the Northern California coast. There he studied traditional oil painting techniques as an apprentice for six months, and began to paint, show, and sell his work professionally, while keeping his hand in design through his work designing furniture and architectural millwork.
Peter's current work is representational oil paintings on linen and panel. He paints mostly from life, plein air or in the studio, with the occasional studio landscape or portrait from a photo.
"For me, the painting process is about learning to see, and exploring the relationships that create space, light and gesture. Whether it is a still life, a landscape, or a figure, I am drawn to capturing the space and energy created around the objects, while sharing my perspective through composition, and expressing my energy with the abstract application of paint on the canvas.
I love exploring the world for light and form, beauty and composition. I love the feeling of paint flowing from my brush. I love the moment of recognition when I've captured some visual, emotional, or energetic truth in a painting, and I love to share that moment."
Arizona State University
Bachelor of Science, 1986