Awarded a 2019 Guggenheim Fellowship in the Creative Arts

Awarded a 2020 Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship


In Deborah Zlotsky’s paintings, the rigor of shapes and perspectival planes combine with the unruliness of drips, stains, and abrasions, often inflected with trompe l'oeil props and supports. She explores the friction between intention and coincidence through cycles of accumulation, adjustment, and repair that mirror the daily processing and deciphering required to be in the world. In a 2017 catalog essay on recent paintings, Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties, wrote “Deborah Zlotsky’s paintings are, at their essence, a convergence: of Renaissance images and pop art, of the past and present, of science fiction and reality, of physicality and illusion.”

Zlotsky is represented by Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in New York and Robischon Gallery in Denver, and her drawings are in the curated flat files of Pierogi in New York. She is the recipient of a 2019 Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2012 and 2018, she received New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowships in Painting. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at Geoffrey Young Gallery, McKenzie Fine Art, Pierogi, Dolby Chadwick Gallery and the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College, among others. Zlotsky’s work is in many public and private collections and she has had recent residency fellowships at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, the Saltonstall Foundation, and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art. Zlotsky has a BA in the History of Art from Yale University and an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Connecticut. She lives in Delmar, NY and teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI where she is an Associate Professor of Experimental and Foundation Studies.

Interview with Kate Mothes of Young Space
Interview with Stacia Yeapanis of OPP