Zio Ziegler’s tribal-pattern murals of giant humans, tigers and dragons have been splashed across many different surfaces, from the sides of buildings in the Tenderloin to the offices of Facebook. One journalist likened his murals to “tattooing the skin of San Francisco” with “contemporary urban cave art.” But Ziegler, a Mill Valley artist who often paints while listening to books on tape, says murals are just one of many forms of storytelling for him. He joins us to talk about his latest projects, including one with SFJAZZ, his book “Collaborate with Zio” and why he’s so heavily influenced by hieroglyphics and authors like William Gaddis and Don DeLillo.


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Zio Zigler’s website

Murals by Zio Ziegler
Murals by Zio Ziegler (Courtesy of Zio Ziegler)
Mural by Zio Ziegler (Courtesy of Zio Ziegler)
Mural by Zio Ziegler (Courtesy of Zio Ziegler)
Mural by Zio Ziegler (Courtesy of Zio Ziegler.)
Artist Zio Ziegler on Murals, Sculptures and the Changing Nature of Art 18 July,2016Michael Krasny

Zio Ziegler, artist & author, "Collaborate with Zio: The Artist's Sketchpad, Coauthored and Colored by YOU"


Michael Krasny

Michael Krasny, PhD, has been in broadcast journalism since 1983. He was with ABC in both radio and television and migrated to public broadcasting in 1993. He has been Professor of English at San Francisco State University and also taught at Stanford, the University of San Francisco and the University of California, as well as in the Fulbright International Institutes. A veteran interviewer for the nationally broadcast City Arts and Lectures, he is the author of a number of books, including “Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life” (Stanford University Press) “Spiritual Envy” (New World); “Sound Ideas” (with M.E. Sokolik/ McGraw-Hill); “Let There Be Laughter” (Harper-Collins) as well as the twenty-four lecture series in DVD, audio and book, “Short Story Masterpieces” (The Teaching Company). He has interviewed many of the world’s leading political, cultural, literary, science and technology figures, as well as major figures from the world of entertainment. He is the recipient of many awards and honors including the S.Y. Agnon Medal for Intellectual Achievement; The Eugene Block Award for Human Rights Journalism; the James Madison Freedom of Information Award; the Excellence in Journalism Award from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association; Career Achievement Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and an award from the Radio and Television News Directors Association. He holds a B.A. (cum laude) and M.A. from Ohio University and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin.

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