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Robert E. Zappalorti

BIOGRAPHY

b. 1948

Education:
BFA Albertus Magnus College.
Graduate of Paier School of Art, Illustration, including fifth year as
scholarship student/teacher.

Teaching:
Professor of Fine Arts, Paier College of Art, Hamden, CT Director of
the Division of Fine Arts / Illustration / Foundation Arts
Educator and representational still life/trompe painter.

Publications:
Author of "Drawing Sharp Focus Still Lifes". Watson Guptill, Publisher.

Exhibitions:
Manufacturer's Hanover Trust Gallery, New York, NY
New Haven Paint & Clay Club
Brush and Palette, New Haven
Gallery on the Green, Canton, CT
Osage Gallery, Essex, CT
Gallery 86, New York, NY
Trinity College, Hartford, CT
New Haven Rehabilitation Center, New Haven, CT
Connecticut Academy, Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, CT
Drawing Two Exhibition, Smithsonian Traveling Drawing Exhibition
Douglas Gallery, Stamford, CT
Ken Davies Invitational, Guilford, CT
Greene Gallery, Guilford, CT (One Man Show)
Private collections in North America and Europe.

Artist's Statement:
"What is "sharp focus" drawing? Put very simply, it is a rendering with refined, precise line and tone to create a lifelike representation of the subject matter. It differs from other methods of drawing realistically, however, in that it creates an extremely clear, sharp almost photographically accurate image – hence the term "sharp focus." So, I start all of my paintings with a "sharp focus" drawing and my still life reference is an actual set up in my studio. I take as much pride in the drawing as I do in the actual painting.My choices for the set ups are simple yet engaging and I look to less traditional objects to realistically portray a specific theme. I have tried to develop a theme of color, abstract shapes, and a clean crisp feeling in all my painting. The negative space pronounces the objects and it helps to achieve my desired results. I tend to work slowly, painstakingly observing the subject and trying to communicate the detail in a simple yet effective way. The joy in my work starts with my set up choice, the drawing, and the final color applications when it all comes to life. With each painting, I try to communicate to a particular skill, from drawing/painting of ellipses, to space proportion, negative space, complexity, texture, reflection, and color."-Robert E. Zappalorti