Art Type or Medium: Assemblage; Collections; Murals; Sculpture
Secular or Religious: Secular
Isaiah Zagar earned an art degree from Pratt Institute in the early 1960’s, but the primary – and life-long – inspiration from his student days came from his visit to Clarence Schmidt’s House of Mirrors, a sprawling architectural assemblage in Woodstock, NY. Zagar, a ‘trained’ artist, has been unusually strongly influenced by the work of ‘self-taught’ artists, and their art environments. He frequently incorporates ceramic work by South American ‘folk’ artists into his often monumental mosaics and assemblage works. Many of his mural works are visible in the Philadelphia neighborhood around his Magic Gardens site.