Alice Zinnes


Alice Zinnes

Zinnes has had seven solo exhibitions in New York City, including at Tribes Gallery, Causey Contemporary, Galeria Janet Kurnatowski, and a 25-year retrospective at the Queens College Art Center, as well as numerous solo shows outside NYC. Her work has been reviewed (often with illustrations) in The New York Times, New York Newsday, New York Arts Magazine, Art New England, and The Queens Tribune, and she has been interviewed on the NPR-affiliated radio station WJFF. Zinnes has received awards from the National Academy of Design, and fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Arts as well as from the Cummington Community for the Arts.  Earning a BA in art history from Swarthmore College, a Certificate from the NY Studio School, and an MFA from the NY Studio School, Zinnes currently teaches at The Pratt Institute and NYC College of Technology, CUNY. Zinnes has been influenced by art from all ages and cultures, but especially by Rembrandt, Goya, Matisse, Cezanne, Jackson Pollock, Japanese Zen painting, and Chinese Sung landscape painting.


Provoked to visual explosions by myths, poetry and stories, Zinnes' paintings contain the spirit of the storyteller in the guise of the abstract adventurer. Not illustrations or literal translations, they are instead transformations from poetry to mysterious abstract landscapes of a dream world inhabited by figure, animal and birdlike images. These oil paintings suggest that the boundaries between underworld and waking earth are traversable, that terror coexists with joy, and that loss must always yield to renewal. For years Zinnes painted the landscape of rural northeastern Pennsylvania, and that landscape space is in her bones and blood. Now, rather than suggesting the light and space of an actual motif, her landscapes are cast deep in the rich colors of myth and poetry – the language and pictures we create to understand the world at its least understandable.


b. 1956, Norman, OK
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

  • 1982Queens College of the City University of New York, MFA
  • 1980New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting & Sculpture, Certificate
  • 1977Swarthmore College, BA
  • 2009Druid Dreams of the Danaka, Causey Contemporary Fine Art
  • 2007Mythic Light: Paintings, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery
  • 2006Rama’s Light: Recent Paintings, Alliance Gallery
  • 2002The Color of Memory: 25 Years, Queens College Art Center
  • 2002Orpheus Rising, Tribes Gallery
457 15th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215