Robert Schatz

Rooted in the aesthetics and philosophies of the New York and Northwest Schools as well as Asian art, Schatz maintains a diverse practice that explores the sensuality of gesture and line and the dynamism of pictorial and sculptural space.  Notably, his work has been exhibited with that of Eva Hesse, Sol Lewitt, Robert Mangold, François Morellet, and Fred Sandback, while curator Jonathan Frederick Walz has also noted affinities with the work of Richard Tuttle and Alexander Calder.  Museum director Thomas Sokolowski described his work as “lush skeins of finely measured and almost mathematically paced staves of pure feeling.”  And the Paris-based poet Nina Zivancevic has written that his work “attests to the futility of our attempts to tame the wild and unpredictable.”

Over the past three decades Schatz has exhibited in Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, France, Germany and the UK, as well as in the United States.  Museum venues have included the Sheldon Museum of Art (Lincoln, NE), Sofia City Art Gallery (Sofia, Bulgaria), Landesmuseum Oberösterreich (Linz, Austria), and the Derby Museum (Derby, UK).  Gallery and project venues have included Jason McCoy Gallery, TenBerke, The Phatory LLC, The Painting Center, George Billis Gallery and Nicholas Davies Gallery (all New York), Curious Matter and Art House (Jersey City), The Institute For American Art (Portland, ME), The Green Door Gallery and Pluto Gallery (Brooklyn), Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts (Toronto), Exile (Berlin), Galerie Pixi (Paris), and the South London Gallery (London).  University and college venues have included New York University, Southern Methodist University, the University of Scranton, Cedar Crest College, Marymount Manhattan College, and the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow).  His works are in the permanent collections of the Harvard Art Museums, Meadows Museum, Sheldon Museum, the US State Department, the University of Scranton, Pfizer, and The JBG Companies, as well as in private collections in the United States, Canada, and Europe. He has also donated artwork to benefit auctions for Visual AIDS, Empire State Pride Agenda and Act Up.

Schatz was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and as a young man he studied at the Baum School of Art there.  He earned a bachelor of arts magna cum laude in history and philosophy at the University of Scranton, while also attending studio classes offered at the Everhart Museum in Scranton.  He continued fine art studies at the Barnstone Studios in Allentown before moving to Boston, where he studied at Massachusetts College of Art and The Art Institute of Boston.  From 1987 to 2022 he lived and worked in New York City.  Currently he divides his time between New York and his hometown, and on occasion he’s been heard playing the Appalachian dulcimer.


Deborah Berke Partners, New York

The Phatory, New York

The Phatory, New York

The Institute For American Art, Portland, Maine

Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, Nebraska

University of Scranton, Scranton, Pennsylvania
The Phatory, New York

Cressman Gallery, Cedar Crest College, Allentown, Pennsylvania

Deborah Berke Partners, New York
Galerie Pixi, Paris

Nicholas Davies Gallery, New York

Nicholas Davies Gallery, New York

Nicholas Davies Gallery, New York (Gallery’s inaugural exhibit)

University Gallery, University of Scranton



Drawing Challenge XVIII. Jason McCoy Gallery, New York (online exhibition: )


Drawing Challenge IV.  Jason McCoy Gallery, New York (online exhibition: )

2018Art & Friendship.  The Green Door Gallery, Brooklyn

A Dark Wood.  Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton University, Atlantic City, NJ 

A Dark Wood.  Art House, Jersey City, NJ (catalogue)
After: Vincent Como, Raymond Mingst, Robert Schatz.  Curious Matter, Jersey City, NJ (Curated by Arthur Bruso)

Sanctus.  Curious Matter, Jersey City, NJ (catalogue)

Thirteen. Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto
A Time In Arcadia. Curious Matter, Jersey City, NJ (catalogue)
Aspects. Marina Gallery, Cold Spring, NY

Dividing Light Measuring Darkness. Curious Matter, Jersey City, NJ (catalogue)
9/11 Arts: A Decade Later. Commons Gallery, Steinhardt School of Art, New York University, New York

Escape from New York. Paterson Arts Council, Paterson, NJ 

Summer Camp II: Like A Moth To The Flame. Exile, Berlin 

Unbreak My Heart. Pluto Gallery, Brooklyn 
The Kramarsky Gift of Contemporary Drawings. Pollock Gallery, Southern Methodist University, Dallas (catalogue)

Mixed Bag. The Phatory, New York

Works On Paper. Deborah Davis Fine Art, Hudson, NY


Art in the New U.S. Embassy. Sofia City Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria

The Big Abstract Show. The Painting Center, New York

Invitational Salon. New Arts Program, Kutztown, Pennsylvania

On Abstraction: Francis, Hesse, Lewitt, Lozano, Mangold, Morellet, Schatz. Nicholas Davies Gallery, New York

Die Kunst der Linie. Museum of Upper Austria, Linz (catalogue)
Additives on Paper. George Billis Gallery, New York 
Five Years of Nicholas Davies Gallery. Nicholas Davies Gallery, New York

WallPAPER. Nicholas Davies Gallery, New York 
Gramercy Art Fair. Gramercy Park Hotel, New York (catalogue)


Night of 1,000 Drawings. Artists Space, New York.

Summer Group Show. Nicholas Davies Gallery, New York
New York Fin de Siècle. Nicholas Davies Gallery, New York
Permutations. MMC Gallery, Marymount Manhattan College, New York (catalogue)

Summer Group Show. Nicholas Davies Gallery, New York

10th International Cleveland Drawing Biennale (traveling). Derby Museum, Derby, England; South London Art Gallery, London; Collins Gallery, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (catalogue)

10th International Cleveland Drawing Biennale. Cleveland Gallery and Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough, UK

Small Works. Amos Eno Gallery, New York 

Harvard Art Museums / Fogg Museum
Meadows Museum

Pfizer IncSheldon Museum of Art

The JBG Companies
University of Scranton
U.S. Department of State


David Hughes, Kansas City

Sarah-Anne & Werner H. Kramarsky, New York

Morton Meyerson, Dallas

John Robertshaw, New York

Calvin Tsao, New York

Lawrence Weschler, Katonah
Cleveland County Council. 10th International Drawing Biennale. Exh. cat (Middlesbrough, UK: Cleveland County Council, 1991). Essays by Brandon Taylor and Wolfgang Schmitz. p. 42, illus.

Curious Matter. A Dark Wood. Exh. cat. (Jersey City, NJ: Curious Matter, 2016). illus., pp. 42-43.

___________. Sanctus. Exh. cat. (Jersey City, NJ: Curious Matter, 2015). illus., pp. 45-46.

___________. A Time In Arcadia. Exh. cat. (Jersey City, NJ: Curious Matter, 2013). illus., pp. 54-55

___________. Dividing Light Measuring Darkness. Exh. cat. (Jersey City, NJ: Curious Matter, 2011). illus., pp. 51-52

Deborah Berke Partners.  The Artist Program: Robert Schatz, String Theory.  Exh. cat.  (New York, NY: Deborah Berke Partners, 2018).  illus.

Eshoo, Amy (ed.). 560 Broadway: A New York Drawing Collection At Work, 1991-2006. (New York: Fifth Floor Foundation, and New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008). pp. 155 & 175

Gramercy International Art Fair, New York (1998). illus.

Jørgenson, Thomas. Fabulism. Lecture. (Copenhagen: Gallerie Christoffersen, 2005).

Marymount Manhattan College. Exhibitions, 1995-1996. Exh. cat. (New York: Marymount Manhattan College, 1996). Essays by Karen Harris
Oberösterreichisches Landesmuseum. Die Kunst der Linie: Möglichkeiten des Graphischen. Exh. cat., Landesmuseum catalogue no. 145. (Linz, Austria: Oberösterreichisches Landesmuseum, 1999). Essays in German by: Wieland Schmeid, Antonia Hoerschelmann, Wolfgang Hilger, Peter Assmann, Amy Eshoo, Heinz Höfchen, Monika Oberchristl and Lothar Schultes. p. 327, illus.

Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  A New Line of Thinking: Recent Sculpture by Robert Schatz.  (Lincoln, NE: The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2015).  illus.

Sokolowski, Thomas.  Sprezzatura: The Art of Robert Schatz. Exhibition essay, Robert Schatz: New Work (New York: Nicholas Davies Gallery, 1996).

Southern Methodist University. Conversations 6: Werner H. Kramarsky and Christian Rattemeyer. (Dallas: Pollock Gallery Publications, Southern Methodist University, 2008).
The Art Institute of Boston. Academic Catalogue, 1986-1987. (Boston: The Art Institute of Boston, 1986). p. 36, illus.

U.S. Department of State.  Fine Art Collection, Embassy of the United States, Sofia, Bulgaria.  (Sofia: Embassy of the United States, 2004).
Vovete. Providence, 2011.  Album and CD artwork.

String Theory, Deborah Berke Partners, New York

Artist talk with Anne Collins Goodyear, co-director, Bowdoin College Museum of Art.  The Phatory, New York


Friday Live, Sheldon Museum of Art.  NET Nebraska (NPR), Lincoln

“The Lyric Grace of Gesture”. University of Scranton

Between Abstraction and “Reality”. Cedar Crest College
Giotto and Cézanne. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Reflections on Art and Visual Experience. University of Scranton


The Art Institute of Boston


Massachusetts College of Art, Boston


Barnstone Studios, Allentown

1976-80University of Scranton, BA magna cum laude, history and philosophy