Born and raised in the museum-and-gallery-filled Washington, DC area, Zak was exposed to the arts and sciences at an early age. He relocated to North Carolina in 2000, and in pursuit of a career in the art world, he completed a Bachelor’s in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina in 2010.
Following that, Zak completed a yearlong internship for Wilmington gallery Projekte, before moving on to earn a Masters in Painting from Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California, in 2017.
Over the last decade, Zak has participated in four artist colonies, several solo exhibitions, and more than thirty group shows as a member of the Wilmington-based Thrive artist collective. He currently resides in Leland, North Carolina, where he both teaches and produces paintings and illustrations from his private studio, and shares a home with his wife and son.