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About Peter Zaleski - California-based Modern Artist and Abstract Painter


Working on mixed media paintings and monoprints, I have often turned to the natural world for inspiration, especially the California environment. I continue to select elements from Calfornia’s vast landscapes to create imagery that distills my experiences of the natural world.

The monoprints evoke the hillside grasses and the natural scrub environment of much of California’s landscape. For the recent monoprints I ink a printing plate in gradated grays or black, then employ a stylus to draw into the wet pigment. This produces a pattern of tendrils – a rhythmic field of vertical markings against the hazy color. The resulting imagery recalls classic Chinese ink and brush landscape painting.

Similarly, my paintings derive from the verticality of the sensitive and fragile forested areas of California. The strong upward thrust of the forest is distilled to create a stark figure-to-ground motif. Varying my palette from one image to the other, my artwork evokes tree trunks in varied seasons and atmospheric conditions. In constructing my compositions, I use cut strips of painted paper fitted adjacent to each other. These bands of offset imagery suggest multiple vistas – near and far.

The current work both continues and expands upon my tight and clean essentialist depictions of the natural world.




Chicago, Illinois - USA

University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana Ill.  BFA 1975
University of Southern California, LA, CA  MFA 1980
recent exhibitions
LA Artcore Gallery
Los Angeles, CA
“Confluence” – Group Exhibition
Westmont Ridley-Tree Musem of Art
Santa Barbara, CA
“Lift 2012” – Group Exhibition
Westmont Ridley-Tree Musem of Art
Santa Barbara, CA
LA Artcore Gallery
Los Angeles, CA

Cuesta College Art Gallery
San Luis Obispo, CA
2nd International Exchange Exhibition US-Japan
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
Tokyo, Japan

Group Exhibition
Makii Masaru Fine Arts
Tokyo, Japan
International Art XChange/Thailand USA
Thailand Cultural Center, Bangkok, Thailand

International Art XChange/Thailand US2239A
Eastern Center of Art and Culture, Burapha University
Chonburi, Thailand
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, Japan
International Exchange Exhibition
Los Angeles/Tokyo

Modernism Now
LAX Bradley Terminal, Los Angeles
LA Dept. of Cultural Affairs
LA Artcore Gallery
Los Angeles, CA
Sears-Peyton Gallery
New York, New York

Kitakyushu Museum of Art
Kitakyushu City, Japan
Bryant Street Gallery, Solo Exhibition
Palo Alto, CA

International Art Exchange / Thailand – USA
Thai Cultural Center, Bangkok, Thailand

International Inaugural Exhibition/Burapha University
Art Gallery, International Art XChange/Thailand USA
Chonburi, Thailand
DoubleVision Gallery, Solo Exhibition
Los Angeles, CA

Sears-Peyton Gallery, Group Exhibition
New York, NY
DoubleVision Gallery
Los Angeles, CA

Sears-Peyton Gallery, Solo Exhibition
New York, NY
selected collections

Concast Corp., Philadelphia, PA
Tishman Group, New York, NY
American Ex. Corp., New York, NY
General Eletcric Corp., New York, NY
Pfizer Corp, New York, NY
Vinson & Elkins, LLP, Houston, TX
Mori Corp., Tokyo, Japan
Balboa Bay Club, Newport Beach, CA
Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA
Four Seasons Corp., Beverly Hills, CA
Four Seasons Hotel, Cairo, Egypt
Grand Hyatt Hotel, Tokyo, Japan
Hotel Hankyu Int., Osaka, Japan
Los Angeles City Club, LA, CA
Nikko Tokyo Hotel, Tokyo, Japan
Ritz Carlton Hotel, Washington, DC
Showa Nikko, Japan
Magma Design Collection, San Francisco, CA
Wynn Corp. Headquarters, Las Vegas, NV
Peninsula Hotel, Paris, France
Shilla Hotel, Seoul, South Korea

community afiliations
LA Artcore, Los Angeles, CA
Board Member 2000 – 2006