Palio 3, 60 x 40, oil and mixed media on canvas, 2017
Murray Zimiles, a painter, printmaker, curator and author was a professor of art at Purchase College, State University of New York, from 1977-2014. He achieved his BFA in painting and printmaking from the University of Illinois and his MFA from Cornell University. Post graduate study of printmaking at the Ecole Nationale Superior des Beaux Art, and at private workshops in Paris, France lead to co-authoring two books on lithography.
In 2007 he was elected a member of the National Academy, NY. Zimiles was the Guest Curator of the American Folk Art Museum’s exhibition and author of the book/catalogue publication Gilded Lions and Jeweled Horses. In 2008 the book won the National Jewish Book Award in the Visual Arts category. Zimiles has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions since 1965. In 2003 a mid-career retrospective of his paintings anddrawings was held at the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY. He had a major exhibition of his Holocaust paintings, drawings, and prints at the Florida Houston Museum which recently acquired approximately 140 pictures executedfrom 1984-91. In 2016, his painting triptych, 911, was acquired by the 911 Memorial and Museum, NY.
His work is held widely within private collections such as the Ronald Lauder collection and museum collections throughout the world, notably - the Museum of Modern Art, NY, the Brooklyn Museum, NY, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, National Collection, Washington, DC.