Zaurbek Dzanagov (Заурбек Дзанагов) is a Russian sculptor, best known for the monument "The Tree of Grief" commemorating the victims of the terrorist attack in small town of Beslan (Russia) that claimed more than 300 children lives in 2004. The reduced copy of the monument stands at the Council of Europe headquarters in Strasburg.
Zaurbek was born in North Ossetia (Republic on the Russian South) in 1955.
He comes from a long line of sculptors.
He turns to the traditional Ossetian archaic art, giving it a modern sound. «I am ossetian. We are less than a million left. My work aims to maintain and develop our cultural values, as they are the essential part of the worldwide culture” – says Zaur.
Honored Sculptor of the Republic of North Ossetia Alania (since 1995), recipient of the Art Prize of the Russian Federation Government, member of the Russian Artists Association (since 1982), Associate Member of the Russian Academy of Arts (2020).
Zaur works with various materials: wood, stone, bronze, ceramics.
Zaur Dzanagov belongs to the Moscow school of sculpture. Graduated Moscow State Academic Art Institute after V.I.Surikov in 1979.
Works of Zaur Dzanagov are at the permanent collections of the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, State Museums of Art in Vladikavkaz, Kaliningrad, in private collections in Russia, Germany, Japan, etc.