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Tavar Zawacki in front of his mural-in-progress Metamorphosis #5 at 1665 Main Street in Buffalo. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Tavar Zawacki

American, born 1981

Tavar Zawacki's career has taken him to around 40 countries over the course of more than 20 years. At the age of 19, Zawacki, who had been casually interested in graffiti since his early teen years, bought a one-way plane ticket to Paris, driven to “rise above” his fears and dedicate himself completely to becoming a street artist. While he initially channeled this spirit into the tag ABOVE, Zawacki soon gravitated toward the upward arrow as a more universal expression, as he has explained, “of the powerful mentality to rise above fears, challenges, and anything holding you back from your goals. . . . everything is possible!” 

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