Zae was born in Pasadena, California into a family of artists. His thoughts about his work: 

"When I paint, I am searching for freedom. A feeling. A thought. Maybe a moment in time. I strive for the deconstruction of form.  I feel that color is a study - as is life. I learn from every canvas and every brush stroke. The freedom to enjoy the journey without rush, care - or worry of making a mistake - is true freedom. Free is art!

Zae is endorsed by Lanier Graham, the published art historian and former curator of the Museum of Modern Art, The Norton Simon Museum, The DeYoung Museum and the National Gallery in Canberra , Australia.