Junkies, Issue 5, 2015
Tal Avitzur was raised in Pennsylvania in a family where the sciences were emphasized more than the arts. He moved to California to attend college in Santa Barbara. While in school Tal lived in a large communal artist compound with a constant stream of artists coming and going. He worked for a number of artists, including sculptor George Rickey and ceramicist Beatrice Wood.
After earning a Masters in math Tal worked for the US Navy in Washington, DC determining the best collection of spare parts that carriers should keep stocked in order to maximize readiness of planes. However the call of Santa Barbara was too great. So Tal returned and began teaching part-time, which left ample time for artistic pursuits.
Home improvement projects took him to scrap metal yards, which sealed his fate. His work is heavily influenced by the comics and science fiction books and movies from his childhood. Tal lives with his wife Lisa, blind foster dog Mancha and many creatures created in his workshop. He drives an electric Fiat that is charged by solar panels on his home.
Tal Avitzur is an assemblage artist whose found-object sculptures are created from vintage items collected from the auto, aircraft and marine salvage yards of Southern California. Many of his fantasy-themed, mixed-media sculptures are heavily influenced by the science fiction, mythology and comic books of his youth. Tal's unique, whimsical, one-of-a-kind, steampunk-like art can be found in the homes, offices and man-caves of collectors who embrace their inner child. Tal's studio, workshop and gallery is located in Santa Barbara, California and is a short drive from Los Angeles, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties.