Peter Zellner is an architect, painter and educator based in Los Angeles, California.
He was born Manhattan, New York in 1969 and has worked and lived in Australia, Europe and Asia. Zellner is the son of immigrants: Yolanda Román Zellner, a Nicaraguan soprano who trained at the Conservatorio Nacional de Música in México and sang with the New York City Opera, and the late Peter Paul Zellner, a Romanian born painter and designer who worked with Ray and Charles Eames and later at the Metropolitan Museum and LACMA.
In 2017 Zellner held his first exhibition: a series of paintings that "synthesize layers of ecstatically colored mottled fields, thickly painted segmented hexagrids, brush-drawn figures, and moments of atmospheric interruption" (Christopher Michlig, catalog essay.)
As an architect he has designed notable public and private art galleries such as the Matthew Marks, Night and Vielmetter galleries in Los Angeles and the Maccarone, Wallspace, Zach Feuer and Harris Lieberman Galleries in Manhattan.
The Los Angeles Times named him one of its Faces to Watch in Dance, Theater, Architecture and Art and Art+Auction Magazine included him in its “Power” Selection of designers and architects.
He has also curated exhibitions such as Sign as Surface at Artists Space, New York, Empire.Style at ART2102 in Boyle Heights and The Trans-Aestheticization of Daily Life at the Sweeney Gallery, a public art space he designed for the University of California, Riverside.
In 2016 he founded the Free School of Architecture, a participant-led six week event committed to the free exploration and exchange of ideas in and around architecture, freed from traditional pedagogical and professional frameworks.
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