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Rob Zeller

 
 
 

About our founder

 

In January 2009, Robert Zeller began developing the plan the Teaching Studios of Art® and the school opened for classes in June of that year. Over 10 years, the school has grown in size and now has classes for kids, teens and adults, and hosts classes and workshops taught by some of the finest faculty working in figurative art today.

Zeller is an artist and writer, based in Oyster Bay, on the North Shore of Long Island. Zeller received an MFA from the New York Academy of Art. and a BFA from a joint program of the Boston Museum School and Tufts University. In addition, he continued his study of classical form with private anatomical study with the sculptor Sabin Howard, and 19th century French Academic drawing and painting techniques at the Water Street Atelier with Jacob Collins.  

He was the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and two Posey Fellowships, respectively. Zeller has exhibited his artwork in New York, Los Angeles, Houston, and Paris. His work is in personal and corporate collections in the US, Mexico and Europe.

ARTIST AND CURATOR

In 2007, Zeller won the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant in preparation for his exhibition of “The Virgin of the Mall Series” at 511 Gallery in NYC.

Daisy on the Queensboro, oil on linen, 48 x 62 inches, 2018.

The Waiter's Dream, oil on linen, 62 x 74 inches,In 2017, Zeller co-curated “The New Baroque” exhibition at Booth Gallery in NYC and created this painting “The Waiter’s Dream” for it. The exhibition was based on his book, The Figurative Artist’s Handbook”.


Writing

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In 2015, Zeller was invited by the Monacelli Press to write a book about the human figure in art and traditional figure drawing and painting techniques that he developed over the years at The Teaching Studios of Art. The resulting effort, The Figurative Artist's Handbook, was published in April 2017.

You can learn more about the book here.

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The art critic Donald Kuspit invited Zeller to write an essay, as a guest contributor, for the June 2017 issue of The Brooklyn Rail . You can read History Painting and the Problem with Art Education here.

To see more articles written by Zeller, or about him, please go to our Press page here.


Classes and Workshops:
NY and abroad

Zeller conducting a workshop at The Teaching Studios of Art® on color theory and mixing oil paint.

Zeller conducting a workshop at The Teaching Studios of Art® on color theory and mixing oil paint.

Rob (left) and the students from his workshop in Rome in front of the Obelisk in the Piazza Navona

Rob (left) and the students from his workshop in Rome in front of the Obelisk in the Piazza Navona

Rob with students from one of his two workshops at the Schoolhouse for Art in Enniskerry, Ireland.

Rob with students from one of his two workshops at the Schoolhouse for Art in Enniskerry, Ireland.

Zeller’s portrait demo, seen here in progress, for students of his workshop at The Schoolhouse for Art in Enniskerry, Ireland

Zeller’s portrait demo, seen here in progress, for students of his workshop at The Schoolhouse for Art in Enniskerry, Ireland

Zeller gives a lecture to students at Long Island University as part of their  Artist’s Entrepreneurs Series.

Zeller gives a lecture to students at Long Island University as part of their Artist’s Entrepreneurs Series.

To learn more about Zeller and to see more of his work, check out his website: