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Janet Ziff

I paint realistic portraits of people and animals in oils and aim to capture the subject’s character.  I’m inspired by Goya, Rembrandt, Alex Kanevsky, and Jenny Saville. I also paint portraits on commission. 


Creating art has been the passion of my life.  Growing up in Los Angeles, I attended life drawing classes at Otis Art Institute, then college at the California College of the Arts and the California Institute of the Arts, where I studied with John Baldessari.


I now live in New York City and Barcelona, Spain.  I’ve had a career in conceptual and performance art but ten years ago returned to school to learn classical painting techniques at the Art Students League of New York, The Chelsea Classical School of Art, and the Reial Cercle Artistic in Barcelona.


My work has been shown in the United States and abroad, featured in Ms. Magazine, and reviewed in Art in America, The New York Times, The SoHo Weekly News, and The New York Daily News.


I’ve received grants from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Artists Space, and Just Above Midtown/Downtown Gallery, New York City, and the City of Seattle, Washington. I was selected as an artist-in-residence at the Cummington Community of the Arts, Cummington, Massachusetts; the Michael Karolyi Memorial Foundation, Vence, France; and the Erongaricuaro Artists’ Colony, Morelia, Mexico.

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