Zoltan Alexander, Creative Director ZOLTAN+ / Art Director UBIKWIST Magazine

  • 16 Mar 2016 11:00 AM
Zoltan Alexander, Creative Director ZOLTAN+ / Art Director UBIKWIST Magazine
Having spent twenty years in Paris, Zoltan Alexander the founder of ZOLTAN+ new media is currently living in London, fulfilling two major positions: art direction and feature editing. Early on, he joined British Vogue, then subsequently moved to French Vogue, where he expanded his visual skills, collaborating with major luxury brands and designers, such as LVMH, Saint Laurent, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Cartier.

During several years he collaborated with Issey Miyake in Japan. His illustrations and graphic design naturally progressed to fashion photography at Harper's Bazaar, New York. In 2000, he established his design company ZOLTAN+ which uses a wide range of powerful visual media to create company identities, coherent brand imaging with definitive, contemporary style.

His personal expertise is often sought out to provide strong conceptual direction to new businesses, publications and contemporary art exhibitions.

He moved in 2005 to San Francisco to broaden his expertise in New Media design, and to collaborate with SFMOMA as an independent curator on their 25th Anniversary exhibition. In 2010, he was invited in Budapest by the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Photography Faculty, followed by the International Business School, Arts Management to develop consultations to a high academic standard.

In 2014, Ubikwist magazine in New York called for his services and he became the Art Director and Feature Editor, to discover young talents and set the theme of the publication. Currently, Zoltan is living in London to develop his radio program, a series of personality interviews with British and international artists. He is a catalyst, whose aim is to bring together people from different cultural and professional backgrounds.

1. Where did you grow up?
Born in Hungary, lived in England, completed my studies and diplomas in London and lived practically all my life in Paris

2. If you could be an expat anywhere in the world, where would you choose?
I am so used to live in different countries, often feel I am an expat (or a foreigner) everywhere. It depends where work and love is … Paris or South of France would do nicely

3. What would you miss most if you moved away from Hungary?
My expat friends, wine from Villany, BMC and its concerts

4. Friends are in Budapest for a weekend what must they absolutely see and do?
Treat them with my tailored tours, long walks, art galleries, sumptuous cafes, noisy hidden bars, visiting a friend or an artist studio to have an insight, nap for 5 minutes and have a fantastic dinner, good wine where food/people/architecture blend perfectly

5. What is your favourite food?
French cuisine, seafood, St. Jacques, honest country cooking, duck legs, venison

6. What is your favourite sport / form of exercise?
Horse riding

7. What is your favourite place in Hungary?
Places (at least for me) are very person-related-orientated; a less interesting spot could become a special place with friends… I can be practically anywhere if in good company otherwise I like discovering …

8. What career other than yours would you love to pursue?
Haven’t I already discovered them all? To have my own TV program …

9. What’s a job you would definitely never want?
Hospital … although I love helping people, I would feel (under current circumstances in Hungary) very inadequate

10. Where did you spend your last vacation?
Hyères, France

11. Where do you hope to spend your next one?
On a remote island … ocean … sun … offline!

12. What was your favourite band, film, or hobby as a teen?
Motown … French Nouvelle Vague … but never had a “hobby” for me it is something you do from time to time when ever you have a bit of free time, I never did anything half way or occasionally, either with full passion or not at all, therefore hobbies do not exist for me. What I did passionately was drawing and painting

13. Apart of temptation what can’t you resist?
Home made chocolate cakes

14. Red wine or white?
Red … unless you bring me a nice chilled Chablis

15. Book or movie?

16. Morning person or night person?
Both. I wake up early and work … stay up late and live my life

17. Which social issue do you feel most strongly about?
Violence, ultra-nationalism, xenophobia, homophobia, racism, anti-Semitism

18. Buda or Pest side?

19. Which achievement in your life are you most pleased about?
Being an illustrator, a graphic designer, an art director, a fashion photographer, a journalist and editor in publishing, an art curator, not forgetting film directing, radio interviewing and teaching at various universities have I forgot something ?

20. What would you say is your personal motto?
I like quotes which touch the soul or our limited time and passage in life:

“Un coup de dés jamais n’abolira le hasard” Stéphane Mallarmé

(A throw of dice will never abolish chance)

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing” Edmund Burke

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