Born to two artists, native Venetian Zaira Zarotti is a fine art photographer, visual storyteller, food writer, and ceramicist living and working in the Venetian countryside.
With a background in art studies (Liceo Artistico and Academy of Fine Arts in Venice), she graduated in 2012 with a specialization in photography at the CFP Bauer of Milan.
Inspired by strong connections to her cultural heritage and her family’s artistic history, she creates photographic tableaux which she shares through her blog and Instagram, both titled “The Freaky Table.” Zaira shares her life and studio with her partner Francesco, with whom she also co-created The Freaky Raku ceramics studio.
Zaira has become a popular photographer and food blogger on the international scene since 2015, defining her work as a unique combination of contemporary photography and Flemish painting.
Recognized for her highly curated photography, attention to natural light, and chiaroscuro, Zaira produces images that have a distinctly classical and painterly tone.
Her blog was a finalist in the “Best Photography” category at Saveur Best Blog Awards 2017.
Zaira has been in the food & wine photography industry for 10 years, working for different brands and companies like Ikea, Alessi, De Cecco, Cesar Kitchens, Pellini, Cecchi, and many more.
She worked as a journalist and photographer on a monthly basis for D La Repubblica for over 5 years.
Her work has been published in several books such as “Table Stories” (by An Bogaerts – Lanoo Publishers) and numerous magazines such as Condé Nast Traveler, Saveur Magazine, Corriere della Sera, R-Food La Repubblica, El Mundo, Faire Magazine, Honest Food Magazine, Artful Blogging, Thrive, The Maker’s Post, and many more.
Zaira’s work is represented by Welldone Agency, Milan (IT), and her fine art prints are distributed by galleries such as Seeeds Gallery (FR) and Rosenstiels (UK).
Interested in working together? Get in touch! I am available for creative collaborations and commissioned projects, please email email@example.com
You can find out more by following my updates on my social media @thefreakytable on Instagram & Facebook. You can download my Italian Press Kit here.