Robert Zurer

Recent Works

Artist's Biography

I am a native New Yorker who lived and worked in New York all my life until very recently when I relocated to Philadelphia.

Artist's Statement

I paint to grow. I paint to be surprised. I paint in an attempt to seduce or summon the unknown, to wish it into being and freeze that fleeting glimpse in time. This 'unknown', once it is conjured, remains ambiguous but somehow mysteriously very familiar, very close to me.

It's romantic, this trusting search in the dark. It is a dialog, a call and response. It makes me feel less alone. It is a struggle to stay open and pay attention and wait. Pardon the gendered reference, but they say, "God may not come when you want Him, but He's always on time". I love this struggle. I never plan what I will paint. I really never know what will arrive, but my paintings have always turned out to be about our human condition, about living with paradox - caught suspended between the earth and the stars.

I love oil paint. I love the way it can shine. I love the way it is slick and slides against itself. I love the wordless, mysterious meaning of color. I love that color is infinite, like music. I love that it can be always in motion. I love that it can vibrate. I am not interested in the static. I don't want to play with ideas. I want the flow. I want the juice. I want the passion. I want to live in the question.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2021 - Upcoming
2020 Severo Antonelli Fellowship, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

Solo Show, Boston Street Gallery

2018
In Between the Li(n)es, Mondo Contemporary, Summit, NJ
Curator: Agnes Deja

2017
Inner Landscapes, Gallery Sensei, New York, NY

2013
Recent Work, Culturefix Gallery, New York, NY

Group
2021
Online Exhibition 2021, FlatFile Gallery, LES, NY

The Empty Gallery Online Show, Shrine Gallery, LES, NY

2020
Border Walls II, The Border Project Space, Brooklyn, NY

Transformation, High 5 Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2019
The Big Show: All Animals Welcome, The Drawing Rooms, Jersey City, NJ

ARTFIRST, Novado Gallery, Jersey City, NJ

Unsolicited Submissions, Ejecta Projects, Carlisle, PA

Rendering Likeness, La Bodega Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Freedom of Abstraction, Site:Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY

Intent - All Things Circus, High 5 Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Undercurrents a Three-Person show, Walter Wickiser Gallery, Chelsea, NYc
Juror: Tansy Xiao

2019 Winter Juried Exhibition, Blue Mountain Gallery, Chelsea, NYC
Juror: Elisa Jensen

Ear to the Ground, Ely Center for Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT
Curator: Julie Torres

2018
Star Spangeled, Trans-cen-der Corridor Show @ Brooklyn Fireproof, 119 Ingraham St, Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY
Curators: Meer Musa, Sharilyn Neidhardt and Tim Gowan

Rhythm & Rush, Ground Floor Gallery, Nashville, TN
Curator: Catherine Haggarty

Truth + Image, Da Vinci Art Alliance & Lightbox Film Center Exhibition, International House, Philadelphia, PA
Juror: Bryant Girsch

Flowers and Monsters, Temporary Storage Gallery, Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY

Best of the Worst, Practice Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Who. Are. You?, International Juried Exhibition, Atlantic Gallery, Chelsea ,NY
Juror: Karen Kettering Dimit

2018 Juried Show, Blue Mountain Gallery, New York, NY
Juror: Betty Cunningham

2017
Vitamin C: NYC Crit Club Group Show, Abrons Art Center, New York, NY

LIVE WORK PLAY NYC, The LIC Arts Open Gallery at The Factory, Long Island City, NY

Wide Open 8, BWAC Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Brooklyn, NY

The Museum of Goodbye, The Creativity Caravan, Montclair, NJ

Portal 2017, 435 Broome Street, New York, NY
Curator: 4Heads

Collectors Show, ArtPrize HUB/HQ, Grand Rapids, MI

54th Annual Juried Competition, Masur Museum, Monroe, LA

2016
Holiday Salon Show, Lorimoto Gallery, Ridgewood, NY

Governor's Island Art Fair 2016, Governor's Island Building 408B, New York, NY

Liquid Art House Group Exhibition, Liquid Art House, Boston, MA
Curator: Brenda Taylor

2015
Salonukah, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Group Show, Lorimoto Gallery, Ridgewood, NY

heARTbreak: reimagined, Avenue 50 Studio, Los Angeles, CA

Black Cube Art Collective Annual Show, Whitespace Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

Starting Small, Central Booking, New York, NY

Untitled: A Group Exhibition, NOoSphere Arts, New York, NY

2014
The Memory Box, Friday Studio Gallery, Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY

Affiliations

Cofounder, Philly Group Crit, Philadelphia, PA

Member, Exhibitions Committee, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

Member, InLiquid, Philadelphia, PA

Member, CFEVA, Philadelphia, PA

Education

2017 - Present
NYC Crit Club, active member

1999 - 2006
Private Group Classes with Wade Schuman, currently Director of Painting, New York Academy of Art