Robert Zakanitch standing in front of one of the paintings from his Aggressive Goodness Series (c.2003)


“Art making is not about how smart you are, but rather about visualizing what you feel... and for the record, I have never been influenced by wallpaper.” Robert Zakanitch


Robert Rahway Zakanitch has been exhibiting his paintings internationally for over four decades. He is one of the founding members of Pattern and Decoration, a group of artists who in the 1970s responded to the reductive agenda of Minimalism and Conceptual Art by embracing decoration and ornamentation in their work. To this day, Zakanitch still incorporates into his paintings “the sentimental visuals of [his] childhood,” as well as costume jewelry, toy dogs, floral patterns and tessellatinos found in the night's sky.
Zakanitch has had numerous solo gallery exhibitions, including shows at the Patricia Faure Gallery (Los Angeles), Jason McCoy Gallery (New York), Robert Miller Gallery (New York), Daniel Templon Gallery (Paris), and Bruno Bischofberger Gallery (Zurich). His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at several museums, including the Las Vegas Museum of Art, the University of Iowa Museum of Art, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. His work is in several public collections, including the Denver Art Museum, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.


"Painting is still abstract to me, but the end result is not. I want the feeling of paint and image delicately balanced so that they are both at the same time. The introduction of image is so freeing and exhilarating."

Robert Zakanitch