Dark Montréal alley walls were the first to wear the marks of Zïlon. Nicknamed the “Cocteau of the alleys”, he was a leading figure of the underground punk movement in the 1980s in Montréal. It was a period of turmoil and artistic experimentation, sustained and characterized by a transmutation of disciplines, and a rejection of society's rules. Zïlon has certainly made his mark in visual arts, but also in music and performance art. For over 30 years, his ability to constantly reinvent himself and his great versatility has made him an artist that transcends boundaries and generations. With over fifty exhibitions to his credit, his work has been seen in several major global cities, including New York, Paris and London. Zïlon has also made storyboards for films, posters for festivals and events, and created murals for theatre and film. He has collaborated with Canadian renowned artists, Gilles Carles, Wajdi Mouawad, Robert Lepage, Jacques Languirand and Claude Péloquin.  





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He's also participated in many major events including the Montréal Jazz Festival, The International Festival of Art Films, The International Festival of Fashion and Design in Montréal, and the Grand Charivari. Beyond the gallery realm Zilon is a talented musician. His live performances offer viewers an extraordinary experience by inviting them into the privacy of his creation. True to his beginnings in the street Zïlon feels that his work should remain accessible to the masses and his interactions with the public are an important element. He continues to experiment with new ways to engage with the public as an ongoing artistic practice.

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