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Alice Zinnes

Artist Biography

Zinnes has had seven solo exhibitions in New York City, including at Causey Contemporary Fine Art, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Tribes Gallery, and The Art Center at Queens College, CUNY, as well as been included in many group exhibitions. Beyond NYC, she has had solo exhibitions at The Alliance Gallery (Narrowsburg, NY), CANO Gallery (Oneota, NY), Dartmouth College (Dartmouth, NH) and Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA). Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, New York Newsday, New York Arts Magazine, Art New England, The Queens Tribune Revolt Magazine, Art News, The Indypendent, Abstract Art Online and From The Mayor's Doorstep. She has twice been interviewed on NPR's affiliate station, WJFF. Zinnes has received awards from the National Academy of Design, and fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Arts, and Cummington Community For The Arts. She is in many private and public collections. Currently Alice Zinnes is an Adjunct Full Professor with CCE (tenure for adjuncts) at The Pratt Institute and Adjunct Associate Professor at New York City Technical College, CUNY. Since 2008 she has also been a strong voice in the fight against fracking and the movement towards a fossil-free, sustainable world.


Dreams. For me, making art is dreaming, being open, allowing forms, space and light to flow slowly through me, like the absorption of oil into cloth. Not illustrations or literal translations, my art transforms ancient myths to mysterious worlds where the boundaries between underworld and waking earth are traversable, terror coexists with joy, and loss yields to renewal. My art pieces, inspired by The Ramayana and Ovid's Metamorphosis, are quiet landscape narratives in the guise of abstract explorations. Emotional tensions are transformed into forms emerging from light and dark, suggestions of figures in space. Beginning with myths, I hope to create epic spaces where the world at its least understandable is made concrete.

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