Idan was born in Haifa, Israel and he has French nationality. Life though, would take him through many countries, bearing witness to multiple races and cultures, which are now a fundamental element in his work. His efforts led him to understand, that his salvation had always been, literally, at his fingertips. Idan has never attended Art School or any sort of anatomy course. His gift came to him as a need, which he understood he could no longer resist. “I don’t plan or organize, I don’t draw sketches. My raw emotions serve as the only guide. Ninety percent of my creations are shaped in less than an hour. When I work, I feel in absolute communion with a force greater than myself”. Idan shapes his creations out of clay, water and fire, to later set them in bronze. He is still amazed by the fact that emotions cannot only take shape, but be shared, without a word...in absolute silence.
Small Big Foot
From Idan :
'When I’m at a loss for words, my hands take over. I’ve been blessed with an artist’s soul. From my childhood in Africa and through multiple pilgrimages around the world, my eyes have been nourished by images, which my hands now wish to reproduce. Memories of people from my past, sprinkled throughout my mind, are now my personal creations, born out of clay. These days I’m in the mood to play Creator; to shape this same Earth to which I belong and to extract my vision of man, my experience and the beauty which surrounds me. I generally sculpt with a very lively emotion, almost in a trance, perspiration mixed with strong inspiration. At first, there is nothing but a confusing image, a mental sketch. But then, through contact with the Earth, with every beat of my thumb, the shape is born and my hands know; they have faith in what they create. Rapidly, the imprecise becomes precise and what was just a vague idea transforms. I believe in my hands; they have never betrayed me. I am always amazed at what they produce when I allow them to express themselves freely. No sketches; pure creation, instinctive, spontaneous. The topics which inspire me vary according to my mood. Sometimes fun and at others serious;it doesn’t really matter. What is fundamental is to extract and transmit this emotion that lives within me and later find it in the faces of the people who contemplate my sculptures.'
Bigfoot, the walk for awareness.
Idan Zareski's Bigfoot is a world traveler. He travels around the world to be exhibited. Already exposed in Latin America where he was conceived, and having recently finished his North American journey, he is now on his way to Europe and Asia. It is said that his last stop will be in Antarctica where an acoustic concert will be held in his honor for a select public of only penguins. It is a call for awareness that raises the essential questions of “who we are, and, where is it that we really live!” With its African roots and Latin American genealogy, Bigfoot is not a denunciation to racism, as it might first seem, on the contrary, it is a peaceful call for hope, for unity amongst the human race. His huge feet evoke the roots of our past, our anchor to this small fragile planet. Reminding humans that we are all from the same small world. His relaxed attitude and the appearance of contemplation that emanates from Bigfoot is a testimony: No matter what our race or color is, where we live or who we are, we are all enslaved to our paradisiac planet, our home. At ease in all continents, Bigfoot will carry his awareness message about cultural differences and origins in a peaceful way, without offending. Born out of the hands of a French-Israeli sculptor that lived in Africa, Europe, North America and now Latin America, Idan Zareski, a true globetrotter, has been immersed at an early age in the multicultural mold that makes up our beloved planet. His sculpture, a peaceful African with big feet, bares witness to human stupidity. It carries the odors of mass deportation, forced labor, slavery and abuse that countless cultures suffered through history.