From the age of 17, he lived and travelled the world, eventually settling in London where he has lived for the last 13 years. Zuzunaga studied a BA in Typo/Graphic Design at the London College of Communication, followed by an MA at the Royal College of Art. Originally a student of biology, he was fascinated by the microscope and the way in which it enabled one to magnify an object to break it down into its smallest parts. Though the biological studies did not last, the practice of magnifying did and to this day, breaking down patterns and images into their infinitesimal components remains at the core of his work. Zuzunaga’s work is broad in scope and includes print, letterpress, photography, sculpture, textile and furniture design. Rather than focusing on one form of expression, he chooses the one most appropriate to each artwork. He also explores the use of colour as a means to evoke emotions and counterbalance negative ways of seeing and thinking. He uses colour as a spatial medium that enforces identity and encourages interaction between individuals and their surroundings. Cristian received the coveted Elle Deco International Design Award for Best Fabric Design in 2011, for his Skyline curtain collection by Kvadrat.
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