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Robert Zurer

Brooklyn, NY, United States

I was born in New York City, live in Brooklyn, grew up in Greenwich Village and have lived and worked here all my life. I have been drawing and painting since I was a child. I am primarily self-taught although I studied privately withe Wade Schuman for some time. The visual artists that have most affected me are Leonora Carrington, Hieronymous Bosch, Arshile Gorky, Francis Bacon, Franz Marc, Alice Neel, Brenda Goodman, Maria Lassnig, Balthus, James Ensor, Willem De Kooning, Edward Hopper, William Turner, George Grosz, Otto Dix, Lionel Feininger, Jean-François Millet, Edward Church, Frida Kahlo, Thomas Hart Benton, Arthur Dove, Wassily Kandinsky and Charles Burchfield among many others. My paintings are narratives, inner journeys. My process is entirely intuitive. My work almost always turns out describing human struggle and living with paradox. There is this delectable "unknown" hidden everywhere, behind everything. If I listen, it calls, and if I call, it listens. I want to stick my mind and heart and fingers into it and play hard. I start my work using random lines. I then pay close attention and wait. It turns out that whenever I shut up, listen, and pay attention to anything at all, something happens. It feels like an idea or an impulse is coming into me from outside, as if I am receiving a Message from the Mystery or perhaps from our collective unconscious. I am now responsible for responding. I cannot think or hesitate because then it is lost. It is a volley, a call and response, a dialog. I make a move, wait, then another, and so forth. At each step the whole changes. New forms emerge, others must be sacrificed for the whole.

Robert's ArtPrize Entries

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    2017 ArtPrize Entry Robert Zurer
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