ZonoArt – Rik Livingston


I originally hail from Kansas and my first jobs were ranching and farming. I soon decided that painting and drawing were a whole lot less exhausting than ranching and farming. So I’ve made my living, for most of my life, in the field of art, rather than the fields of Kansas.

As a kid, i answered an ad in the back of a comic book where you “Draw the Pirate,” and took a correspondence course where you learn all about art (not!) Later, I got an Associate, Bachelor and Masters of Fine Art degrees, the last from the San Francisco Art Institute, a very old and respected establishment. None of those fine colleges asked me to draw a pirate, but I recently did, just for fun.

I’ve taught at two San Francisco colleges. I’ve had three years of being Art Director for a 5,000 square foot cultural center in the Haight Ashbury, and a year or two as Art Director for the biggest Boys and Girl’s Club west of the mighty Mississippi. But mostly, I’ve just made art. And, wow, I’m still not tired of it!

I moved to Southern California in 2006-2008, and enjoy spending time in both the High Desert and Coachella Valley. A “Desert Valley Star” interview of me was titled “Out of His Mind.” I’m not sure if they meant that in a Zen “no-mind” sense or not, but I’ll take it as a compliment.

I like art that is unusual and fun. My favorite color is blue, but I’m an equal opportunity color applier.

Founded by Bradley Jessup in 1995, we’ve had over 20 years’ experience in helping entrepreneurs develop success in their business and personal lives. Our focus is finding areas where your business could be more productive and successful and then helping you develop the path to get it there.

How can we encourage the sort of mental and spiritual dexterity and social evolution that will allow us to thrive in this post-millennial world? How can we change to cope with the changes that challenge us? How can we be happy, how can we have fun, when the impediments and cynicism loom so large?

It is the ARTS that develop imagination and problem-solving thinking – that encourage inspiration and innovation, that bring joy and color to our existence. Zono Art Productions! (or Z.A.P!, for short) exists to promote the ARTS – and have FUN doing it!

Zono Art, stylistically, makes use of mass culture imagery, appropriating a popular visual vernacular, caricature method and cast-off materials in seriously humorous, Post-Pop artworks of layered meaning.

It is my sincere hope that viewers will be inspired to see society, and life in general, with a brightened heart and new eye, and that, in some modest measure, this will help promote positive change in our world.

THANK YOU for taking a look! I hope it’s been thought-provoking and entertaining.