Zen Sekizawa has been working as a director, photographer, and artist for over two decades in her hometown of Los Angeles, CA. She is second generation Angeleno and fourth generation Japanese American. Her childhood was spent at The Atomic Cafe, a Los Angeles punk rock institution, owned and operated for over four decades by her family in Little Tokyo. Raised in and surrounded by creativity, chaos, music, dark humor and inclusivity of the cafe, she has formed a surreal, funny and beautifully subversive aesthetic that is all her own.
Since earning her BFA in Photography from Art Center College of Design, Zen’s practice has grown to include an extensive roster of commercial clients including Jaguar, KFC, Nike, Apple, IBM, Sonic, Reynolds Wrap, Lexus, Modelo, Vogue, Vans, Sonos and The New Yorker.
Zen is continuously shooting for dual Michelin starred restaurant n/naka and creating custom objects and furniture pieces in her arts based collaboration project MANO YA.