Robert Zurer


Recent Works

Archived Work

Artist's Biography

Robert Zurer, (b.1948, New York, NY), is a native New Yorker. He grew up in Greenwich Village and has lived and worked in New York City all his life. Very recently he relocated to Philadelphia where he now maintains his studio practice. He has been drawing and painting since he was a child. He is primarily self-taught although he did study privately for some years with the painter Wade Schuman and briefly at the Art Students Leage. He has been an active member of the NYC Crit Club since its inception.

Since 2013, he has actively been showing his work. He has had solo shows at CultureFix Gallery and Gallery Sensei in the Lower East Side and at Mondo Contemporary in Summit, NJ. His work has been exhibited in numerous group shows in and around New York. His work has also been shown in group shows in Nashville, New Haven, Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, Grand Rapids, Philadelphia and Edinburgh, Scotland.

Artist's Statement

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

It's very 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 and wait and wait. I love this struggle. I never plan what I will paint. I really never know what will arrive, but my paintings always turn out to be about our human condition - 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
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
2019
Unsolicited Submissions, Ejecta Projects, Carlisle, PA
Upcoming: August 2019

Rendering Likeness, La Bodega Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

7th Annual Juried Exhibition, Cerulean Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Freedom of Abstraction, Site:Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY

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

Abstraction and Surrealism, Da Vinci Art Alliance, 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

New Now II, InLiquid Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Bryant Girsch

2018
Perennial Visions, Annual Members Group Show, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

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

Freak Show, Local Projects, 11-27th 44th Rd LIC, NY
Curators: John Baber and Carolina Peñafiel

Glowers 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
Miami Basel Popup, Represented by Gallery Sensei, Miami, FL

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

ArtPrize 2017, Fountain Street Church, Grand Rapids, MI

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

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

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

BASE-Brooklyn Art Spring Event, Benefit Auction, Industry City, Brooklyn, NY

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

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

Marked Urgent: an Exhibition in Defense of Free Press!, Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2016
Holiday Salon Show, Lorimoto Gallery, Ridgewood, NY

Space 776 Salon Show BOS 2016, Space 776 Gallery, Bushwick Brooklyn, NY

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

Liquid Art House, Boston, MA
Curator: Brenda Taylor

Baba Yaga Eats: A Plea for Sanity, Fields Studio, New York, NY

2015
Salonukah, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Lorimoto Gallery, Ridgewood, NY

Peoples Choice Salon Show, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
First Runner Up

Damned VIII An Exhibition of Enlightened Darkness, Tangent Gallery, Detroit, MI

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

Rockaway Artists Alliance Artsplash 2015, sTudio 7 Gallery, Fort Tilden, NY

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

August Third Friday Show, 4Art Inc Gallery, Chicago, IL

Starting Small, Central Booking, New York, NY

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

2014
Desert Island Comics Handmade Book Pop-Up, Sculpture Center Book Store, Long Island City, NY

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

2000
Alumni Art Show, Reed College Library, Portland, OR