Felix Zaska was cast onto the shores of Ireland from Bavaria at the age of 15, attended Boarding School in Waterford, studied Industrial Design in Munich and graduated from Trinity College Dublin. Having moved from ‘The Pale’ on the East Coast to the Atlantic in the West, he now lives and works in Westport on Clew Bay.
His professional background as a photographer includes over two and a half decades of studio photography in advertising and food (Advertising Photography studio in Cologne, Germany) as well as location photography for Irish and international clients in architecture, publishing and travel/tourism incl. stock photography agencies. He lectured photography in College for a couple of years and due to his interest in Clew Bay and the Atlantic, also studied oceanography with the Open University.
Since his Millennium Art photography Exhibition “Countdown to Eternity” in Jan/Feb 2000 at the Guinness Hopstore, Dublin, (http://felixzaska.com/hopstore/countdown to eternity the main focus going forward is on Art Photography and working as a visual ‘Raw Art’ artist in Mixed Media, Painting and Sculptures. The predominant themes are time, spacetime, ancient civilisation and Ireland.
As a photographer and sailor, Felix always had a special relationship with the wildness of the West of Ireland, the ever changing light and the free spirited people around Clew Bay, Mayo – direct descendants of seafarers and pirates such as Grainne Ni Mhaille. Based in Ireland since school times Felix is considered ‘Irish by osmosis’ by his family and friends – in part due to cultural similarities coming from the original Celtic epicentre in Alpine Bavaria. This theme will be explored by a retrospective photography exhibition in the making :
“Irish by Osmosis – Reflections of a Bavarian Photographer.”