About

Zubkoff is a San Francisco based artist, whose versatile work explores the intersection of pop culture and profound meaning. He is the Creative Director and founding member of the Looking Up Arts Foundation, a San Francisco-based non-profit organization established in 2018 dedicated to large scale art installations.

Rainbow Bridge. photo by Jamen Percy

His monumental sculpture, Rainbow Bridge was featured in Art Basel Miami after debuting at Burning Man 2018. Built by over 100 volunteers, the Rainbow Bridge is a climbable 75’ wide and 30’ tall arch with a 15,000 lb steel frame, clad with vividly painted panels, and embedded with over 25,000 individually addressable LEDs. In 2019 Rainbow Bridge was featured at EDC Las Vegas, BLINK Cincinnati, and EDC Orlando. Rainbow Bridge has been covered extensively, including The Independent, ArtNet, TimeOut, USAToday, San Francisco Chronicle, and the New York Daily News.

Phoenicopterus Rex in Downtown Las Vegas

His 2017 installation, Phoenicopterus Rex, a climbable 40-foot tall steel and fiberglass pink flamingo sculpture, had a central location at Burning Man 2017 and was covered by Rolling Stone, USA Today, National Geographic, W Magazine, and more. Phoenicopterus Rex received a 2017 Black Rock City Honoraria, was installed at the Lyft Art Park in Las Vegas April-December 2018 and relocated into a Downtown Las Vegas Project Art Park in January 2019.

Cone Down. photo by Leslie King

Cone Down, a climbable 30-foot tall upside down ice cream cone debuted at Burning Man 2019. Cone Down is the re-imagining of the disappointment that unites us all into an uplifting community-building experience. It was presented at the 2019 Desert Arts Preview at the Sydney Goldstein Theater in San Francisco.

He received his Studio Art degree from UCSB in 2003, moved to Berkeley in 2003 and San Francisco in 2006. In 2008 Zubkoff received notoriety for his mural Invisible Bike, an experimental project that allowed the community to come together and paint a large mural in an afternoon by dividing the amongst participants, which displayed on the side of a three-story building in downtown San Francisco. It was picked up by Fark, Digg, Laughing Squid, and Gawker. The mural was later included in the Jejune Institute’s tour of the city. His paintings and portraits have been featured in galleries, public spaces, festivals, start-ups and private collections.

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