ROBERT ZELLER founded the Teaching Studios in 2009. Originally from New Orleans, Zeller received a BFA from the Boston Museum School and Tufts University and an MFA from the New York Academy of Art. He finished his education with atelier training from Jacob Collins at the Water Street Atelier and in-depth anatomical/ structural study with the sculptor Sabin Howard. Zeller is the recipient of two Posey Fellowships and a Pollock- Krasner Foundation Grant and has exhibited at galleries in Los Angeles, Houston, Paris, and New York.

He wrote a book about the figure drawing and painting for Monacelli Press, called The Figurative Artist’s Handbook, published in 2017. In addition, he co-curated an exhibition based on that book, called The New Baroque, at Booth Gallery in NYC in November 2017, featuring 22 of the best contemporary figurative artists. He has written essays on figurative art for The Brooklyn Rail and Drawing Magazine. In 2014, he was the subject of a feature profile in Professional Artist Magazine. He has been quoted or written about in several national publications regarding The Teaching Studios of Art, including American Artist, Studios and The Artist magazines.

In addition to being Director of Teaching Studios, he teaches classes and workshops locally and internationally, in Rome and in Ireland.