Albert Zayha


Where were you born? Year, Country, State. Where do you live currently


Born:   1947, Greenville Michigan.

Reside:  Portland, Woodstock neighborhood.


What initially drew you to drawing pretty pictures


I took an early interest in scrap art sculpture while playing in scrap piles of a stonework shop and a machine shop near my home.         While in the 3rd grade, I began knitting and sewing. 

In the late 60’s, I received extensive air force training in computers, radar, and electro-mechanical devices.  Later, I worked as an electro-mechanical design technician for a broadcast-radio equipment manufacturer. 

 Seeking to explore the more creative side of this technology, I became an FM radio DJ while attending UCSB, playing a variety of avant garde music.  While working on my degree in Radio-TV Production from SFSU, I collaborated with local artists to document art in small format video verite productions.  I am a voiceover artist and look forward to incorporating voice and video into my future pieces.

 In 2005, I returned to the medium of fabric, taking first place in the wearable art category of a quilt show hosted by the Santa Barbara Quilt Guild.


Who is your favorite skateboarder, living or dead? Any ties to skateboarding


I did slalom-style skateboarding in 1964 & 1965 while in high school in Lansing Michigan, on a flat wood board with clay wheels.



Who is your favorite artist, living or dead?


Van Gogh


When you're not creating amazing works of art, what do you enjoy doing


Reading speculative sci-fi, short stories, essays on contemporary culture, communication, and gender justice. 

Bicycling, dancing, doing yoga, cooking, watching films from around the world, and listening to music of all types.



Who are your biggest influences


Buckminster Fuller; Pema Chodron.


What mediums do you enjoy working in?


I create assemblage art pieces,utilizing paint, wood, metal, fusing glass, fabric, paper, electronics, found objects, and more.  Often, the materials that appear in my life provide the inspiration for my works.



Anything else you want to tell?


I have always had a passion for collecting and arranging found artifacts from everyday life.  My works make opaque what is normally transparent in our everyday world.  

I am a Vietnam Veteran (SAC), and currently a Veteran for Peace.