ZZ Satriani was born and raised in San Francisco. His mother, a Singaporean art and fashion designer, and father, rock and roll musician, Joe Satriani, provided a unique environment for his artistic development and sensibility. His early passion for skateboarding also introduced him to an underground culture of art and video, along with sculptural woodworking, that inspired him to pick up the camera, paintbrush, and jigsaw. In high school, he transitioned from creating skate videos to comedy short films, heavily inspired by David Lynch, Stanley Kubrick, Spike Jonze, and the comedy duo, Tim and Eric. He entered his first film festival at 17, served as the TA for his high school film class his senior year, and instructed during film seminars at his school. He presented a painting installation for the Urban School Senior Winter Art Show, which would change his initial intentions for college.
In 2011, ZZ entered Occidental College with a pursuit in Studio Arts. After initially cultivating his practice of oil painting and wood sculpture, he found a happy medium between the studio arts and film production his Sophomore year in the Media Arts and Culture / Art History & the Visual Arts department. Since then, he has explored the ways in which these mediums can be integrated, something that manifested in his installation, Monolith (2014), for the Advanced Painting Weingart Gallery exhibit, “The Frame,” and in his Senior Film Production Comprehensive, Thanks for the Advice (2015). Outside of school, ZZ has worked as on a series of web documentaries for his father, while touring around the world, providing an alternative angle for life as a performing musician. He has also interned for the Investigation Discovery Channel series, Wives with Knives (2013), and worked as a camera assistant on the web series, Pound House (2013), for the Youtube comedy channel, Jash.
Now, having graduated from Occidental College (class of 2015) with a B.A. in Art History / Visual Arts, ZZ is currently living in Los Angeles continuing to pursue his career in both the film and studio art industry.