Archie was born after the Balkan war in Yugoslavia. He studied architecture in Ljubljana but graduated in London. Visiting Francis Bacon’s exhibition at the Tate Gallery had a profound effect on his life. Soon after Archie left architecture and became a self-taught artist in Paris. Since the beginning of the pandemic he has been creating artwork which explores isolation, ambiguity and vanity. He deconstructs human form and re-constructs it into expressive contemporary portraits with a classical feel. P. Archie Zan (pronounced ‘par-chi-zan’) is a pseudonym with its roots in the word ‘partisan’. Archie believes in equality and doesn’t like labels. In Archie’s words: “art without a label is like a projection without a screen – it becomes limitless!”.