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 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.
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.