Bio

 Frank J Zhang is a commercial artist who specializes in airbrush art and custom design. He graduated from Ontario College of Art and Design University in Illustration and received his MDes from York University. His practice ranges from illustration, graphic design, airbrush art, and community teaching. Frank is currently studying at OCADU as a MA student and focusing on his interest in participatory and socially engaged art. His research theorizes the meaning of seamlessness in airbrush painting in connection with contemporary art discourse of Relational Aesthetics and Antagonism. His artwork explores the process of negotiation as a social dynamic that mediates conflicts toward public consensus. Using participatory methodology, Frank is working on creating socially engaging artwork that brings conflict and negotiation to challenge the conventional gallery space. His work explores the possibility of using art to stimulate active social imagination and participation through interactions and activities.