Acclaimed West Australian artist and sculptor Len Zuks was recently awarded a gold medal for exhibiting his multimedia work Passing of Knowledge in the Olympic Fine Arts Exhibition in Beijing in 2008.
It’s the latest in a string of awards and recognitions for Len, who works as a fitter in the UWA Facilities Management maintenance workshop.
He won the People's Choice Prize in the 2009 Sculpture by the Sea exhibition at Cottesloe Beach for his steel and rubber sculpture of five emus Antipodean Recruits, and was awarded a Chancellor's Medal earlier in 2009 for his contribution to the University over 20 years.
Len also exhibited a sculpture in the Beijing Biennale for the second time in 2008, and was a finalist in the Swan Prize for Portraiture in the same year. He has been invited to exhibit at the next Beijing Biennale.
Len showed new works as part of a group exhibition of Latvian-Australian artists at the Moores building gallery in Fremantle in December 2009, and took part in the Cow Parade in Margaret River in March 2010. In September 2010 he travelled to Beijing for the 4th Beijing Biennale representing Australia in sculpture, and in December his sculpture for the Shire of Wandering Horses Came First will be installed.