Athos Zacharias

141 Copeces Lane, East Hampton, NY 11937
h.     631.324.4850

Synthesizing images from pop culture, architecture and nature, painter Athos Zacharias creates dynamic works notable for their spontaneity and characterized by Art News as “blindingly original”. Now the one-time assistant to Willem de Kooning has produced a totally new group of paintings that united the major ideas of this “between generational” painter.

“I am involved in computer manipulations of Pop images assembled into collages and painted on canvas. My images are culled from popular media – magazines most commonly – and my paintings have a surreal tone,” Zacharias says. “Still, my subject matter remains rooted in the spatial traditions of modern, abstract painting. Indeed, throughout my career I have had a preoccupation with spatial ambiguity. I would say that this idea – the dynamics of uncertain perception, of positive and negative forms within a restricted depth of space – links my work over the past forty years.”

His work can be found in important collections including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., the Museum of Art, Providence, R.I., the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Mass., the Kalamazoo Institute of Art, Kalamazoo, Mi., the Butler Art Institute, Youngstown, Ohio, E.F. Hutton & Co., New York, and the Westinghouse Corporation, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Zacharias has exhibited in leading galleries in major American cities including New York and the Hamptons, as well as internationally, notably in Amsterdam and Japan.

Arriving in New York in 1956, Zacharias immediately became involved with the downtown art scene. “I encountered some of the artists who would impact my artistic life. During the sixties in New York, I assisted other artists including Larry Rivers, Grace Hartigan, Mary Abbot, Jack Tworkov, Alphonso Ossorio and Lee Krasner, and notably, de Kooning. Another friend and major influence was the abstract painter Franz Kline.”

Recalling his initial encounter with de Kooning, Zacharias says: “I met Milton Resnick, who invited me to the “Club” where I attended many panels on Friday nights, and participated on one panel entitled “Younger Artists”. Shortly thereafter, I met de Kooning and a friendship blossomed. I was fortunate to be his first assistant when his studio was on Tenth Street. He so strongly believed in my work that he sponsored me for the Longview Foundation Award in 1962. I began to exhibit at the local Guild Hall, where in 1961, and again in 1979, I won the “Best in Show” Award. My friendship with de Kooning continued until his death.

“My great good fortune and a major part of my artistic development was not only being de Kooning’s assistant, but also being part of the Tenth Street Cooperative Gallery Movement. In 1959, I joined the Tenth Street’s “March” Gallery and showed with Mark di Suvero. I continued showing downtown at the Great Jones Gallery, and in 1961, I had my first one-person show at the Gallery Mayer, an uptown gallery that represented artists including John Graham and Man Ray.”

Zacharias was born in Marlborough, Mass. In 1927, and was raised in Fall River, Mass. He attended the Rhode Island School of Design on the GI Bill, graduating in 1952. He then did a year of post-graduate study at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, receiving an MFA in 1953.

He has taught classes in leading institutions including Brown University, SUNY New Paltz, and the Parsons School of Design, and for twenty-six years taught at Wagner College on Staten Island.

In 1962, collaborating with Iver Lovting, Zacharias designed and built an international style home in East Hampton. “This was an outgrowth of my strong interst in architecture, an interest that also influenced my art. Seemingly countless renovations, redesigns and expansions of this home have provided an occasionally useful distraction from the rigors of painting.”

He was married to Mary Filateros, and is the father of two, Rena and Denis.


1952 BFA Rhode Island School Of Design, Providence, RI

1952 Art Students League Summer School, Woodstock, NY

1953 MFA Cranbrook Academy Of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan


1967-88 Wagner College, Staten Island, NY

1971 SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY

1966 Parsons School Of Design, NY, NY

1955 Brown University, Providence, RI

One-Person Exhibitions

2007 OK Harris Gallery, NY, NY

1999 Nabi Gallery Sag Harbour, NY

1995 Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY

1993-2008 Owl 57 Gallery, Woobmere, L.I.

1993-92 Bologna Landi Gallery, East Hampton, NY

1991 Arttra Project, Amsterdam,The Netherlands

1991 Providence Art Club, Provinence, RI

1988 Nuance Galleries,Tampa, Florida

1987-86 Galerie Kwartijn, Amsterdam,The Netherlands

1986 American Academy of Arts & Letters, NY, NY

1986 Vered Gallery, East Hampton, NY

1983 Elena Prohaska Gallery, NY, NY

1980 Ashawagh Hall,East Hampton, NY

1983 Adagio Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY

1978 Fred Dorfman Gallery,NY, NY

1977 James Yu Gallery, NY, NY

1973 Landmark Gallery, NY, NY

1964 Robert Keene Gallery, Southampton, NY

1963 Louis Alexander Gallery, NY, NY

1961 Gallery Mayer, NY, NY

1961 Joachim Gallery,Chicago, IL

1960 Great Jones Gallery. NY, NY

1961 Bob Keene Gallery, Southampton, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions

2008 Pollock-Krasner at Gallery North, Setauket, Long Is.

2006 Silas Marder Gallery, Southampton, NY

2001 Russian American Cultural Center, “Dumbo Double Deuce ”Brooklyn,NY

2001 Russian American Foundation, NY, NY

2000 Russian Embassy, NY, NY

1997 Federal Reserve Bank, NY, NY

1997 Artists Equity Broome St. Gallery, NY, NY

1996 Jaski Art Gallery,Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1988 1988 International Conference Center, Rotterdam

1986 New Dutch Art Fair 86, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1986 National Academy Of Design, NY, NY

1985 Anita Shapolsky Gallery, NY, NY

1985 East Hampton Star 100th Anniversary Portfolio Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY

1985 “The gathering Of The Avant Garde”, Kenkeleba Gal.NYC

1984 “Objects Of Artists”, Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY

1976- 79 Landmark Gallery, NY, NY

1974 Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa.

1973 Bertram Russel Centenary, Nottingham, England

1971 Image Galley, Stockbridge, MA

1971 OKHarris Gallery, NY, NY

1970 Westbeth Artists,Gimbels East, NY, NY

1963 Long Island Painters, Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY

1962 Loui Alexander Gallery, NY, NY

1962 Closing Show, Tanager Gallery, NY, NY

1960 NY Tenth St. Painters, Bolles Gallery, San Francisco, Ca

1959 4th Annual Lower East Side Independent Artists, St. Marks In The Bowery, NYC

1959 March Gallery, NY, NY

1959 Art USA Contemporary, Colliseum, NY

1959 Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas

1959 Pan Pacific Exhibition, Kyoto, Japan

1954 Boston Arts Festival, Boston, MA

Museum Exhibitions

2004 Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY, One Person Exhibit

1987 La Foret Museum, Tokyo, Japan, Group Exhibition

1986 Hempstead Museum, Hempstead, NY, Group Exhibition

1979 Guild Hall,East Hampton, NY, One Person Exhibition

1962 Riverside Museum, NY, NY, Group Exhibition

1959 North Carolina Museum Of Art, Raleigh, NC, Group Exhibition


Museum Of Art, RISD, Providence,RI

Institute Of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA

Kalamazoo Institute Of Art, Kalamazoo, MI

Phoenix Museum Of Art,Phoenix,AZ

Westinghouse Corp., Pittsburgh, PA

McCrory Corporation, NY, NY

EF Hutton & Co., NY ,NY

AVX Corporation, Long Island, NY

Best Products Corporation, Richmond, VA

Butler Art Institute, Youngstown, Ohio

Fram Corporation, Worcester, MA

Corcoran Gallery Of Art, Washington, DC

Awards,Commissions, Grants

2007-08 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

2004 Artists Talk On Art Juried Prize Winner

1987 First Prize, American Institute for Creative Living,

Staten Island, NY

1979 Best In Show, Guild Hall,East Hampton, NY

1973 Selected for publication by the Federal Dept. Of Housing and

Urban Development

1969 Projections for the Edith Stephens Dance

Company, NY, NY

1968 Festival of Art Purchase Award, Southampton

College, Southampton, NY

1963 Design of decor for ballet, Manhattan Festival Of Dancers, Ossorio Foundation, NY, NY

1962 Longview Foundation Grant,recommended by Willem de Kooning

1961 Best In Show Award, Guild Hall, East Hampton ,NY

1954 Commission, Fram Corporation, Providence, RI

1949 Award Recipient, Museum Of Art, Providence,RI