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About Rob Zeller

 

Rob 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.  

Zeller is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2007 two Posey Fellowships, in 1998 and 2000 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.

In January 2009, he founded the Teaching Studios of Art, an art school devoted to teaching traditional techniques to artists of all ages and skill levels. 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.

In 2014, he was the subject of a feature profile in Professional Artist Magazine. He has been quoted or written about in several other national publications, including American Artist and Studios magazines.

In 2015, Zeller was invited by the Monacelli Press to write a book about the human figure in art and traditional figure drawing techniques. The resulting effort, The Figurative Artist's Handbook, was released in April 2017. In addition, he has written essays for The Brooklyn Rail and Drawing Magazine (links to which are on this website here).

 Zeller was the co-curator of The New Baroque, an exhibition at Booth Gallery in NYC from November 2017- January 2018, based on The Figurative Artist's Handbook  and featured 21 of the artists included in the book and a couple of others, encompassing contemporary figure painting as well as sculpture. 

In 2019, he co-curated Not All Doors Are The Same with Michael Ruple at Booth gallery in NYC. The exhibition is a survey of contemporary Surrealism that takes its name from a print by the Surrealist Max Ernst from his collection of collaged prints entitled, The Hundred Headless Women (1929). The movement itself may be over a hundred years old, but it is still relevant to contemporary artists who work in seemingly unlimited variations on the original themes of the 1920’s. This exhibition seeks to explore those directions in the contemporary practice of 11 artists in the genres of painting, sculpture, photography and installation.

In addition to being Director of The Teaching Studios of Art, Zeller also teaches classes and workshops both locally and internationally. He was invited to teach workshops in Figure drawing, Portrait painting and Plein Air Landscape in Rome, Italy for Rome Art Workshops and in Enniskerry, Ireland for The Schoolhouse for Art.

He is presently working on a new series of Surrealist paintings and a graphic novel based on his painting, The Waiter’s Dream. 

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.

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

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

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

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

 



 

Photograph by Sandro Baebler Photography