“2021” Robert Zurer

Robert Zurer is a native New Yorker who has recently moved to Philly from Brooklyn.


I paint to grow. I paint to be surprised. I paint in an attempt to summon the unknown, to wish it into being, to freeze that fleeting glimpse in time. This ‘unknown’, once it is conjured, remains ambiguous but somehow mysteriously very familiar, very close to me.

It’s a trusting search in the dark. It is a dialog, a call and response. It is a struggle to stay open and pay attention and wait. I love this struggle. I never plan what I will paint, but my paintings have always turned out to be about our human condition, about living with paradox – caught suspended between the earth and the stars.

I love oil paint. I love the way it can shine. I love the way it is slick and slides against itself. I love the wordless, infinite and mysterious meaning of color. I love that it can be always in motion, that it vibrates. I am not interested in the static. I don’t want to play with ideas. I want the flow, the passion. I want to live in the question.


Year: 2020

Materials: oil on wood

Size: 40 x 30 x 1.5


As a celebration that 2020 has ended and that a new year is here, FLATFILE has launched a new online program title, simply: “2021.”

We invited artists to participate through a rolling open call, which remains open for the entirety of this year. From these submissions, our jury panel carefully selects new works to present on FLATFILE, with new works added throughout all of 2021.

The price of each artwork is a flat $2,021,

a discounted price from the actual value of each work, offered here, exclusively.