Zeal Harris is known for contemporary, seductive, faux-naive, caricaturesque, political, urban-vernacular, story paintings. Her influences are highly eclectic and include Southern Black folk art, Asian scroll paintings, Persian miniatures, Mexican ex-votos, Star Trek, and literature written by Black women. In the past year, she has been working in both Los Angeles and Miami although she is from Virginia and Washington D.C.
Zeal has exhibited in Miami’s Prizm Art Fair and Satellite Art Fair, in Port Au Prince at Haiti’s Ghetto Biennale; in New York at the Caribbean Culture Center of the African Diaspora; in Arizona at The Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum; and in Los Angeles at the California African-American Museum. Her work has been highlighted by the LA Weekly, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Obsidian Journal, Pacifica Radio, Fabrik Magazine, Clocktower Radyo Shak, and a recently published book, “Creative Souls: African-American Artists in Greater Los Angeles”.
Zeal has an MFA in Studio Art from Otis College of Art & Design. She occasionally teaches, works on public art projects, and works with community arts and activist organizations such as Black Lives Matter.