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Zoe Zoe Zylowski is a contemporary realist artist from Hillsborough, New Jersey. Her work centers on portraits and narrative portraits which are rendered in oil and charcoal, but she has recently been developing work in the still life category. Zoe’s paintings and drawings have been recognized at the local, national, and international level. Artistic influences on her work are: John Singer Sargent, Richard Schmid, and Jacques-Louis David. Zoe has studied oil painting and charcoal drawing with Kevin Murphy at the Art Academy of Hillsborough. She is currently attending Rutgers University.

Zoe Zylowski

Summer 2014

Zoe Italy
I find the idea of painting outdoors in nature so challenging, but so appealing I finally had to give it a try. To get started I attended a 10 day plein air painting workshop in Fiesole Italy with Andrew Lattimore ( We stayed at the Pensione Bencista which is ideally located on the beautiful Tuscan hillside surrounding Florence. I enjoyed spending time with a wonderful group of artists, had the privilege of experiencing the art of Florence, and received expert guidance from Andrew. Click the link below to see some of the paintings from my trip as well as a rough plein air practice I did at the Duke Estate in NJ before I left for my trip.

Link to my Plein Air Paintings

April 26, 2013

Zoe and Grace
My newest painting Grace was just on display at the Hillsborough Cultural Art Exhibition and took first place. It was a great show. Thanks go to the Cultural Arts Commission for supporting the arts in Hillsborough and to the jurors who donated their time. Congratulations to all the artists whose beautiful pieces received awards.

March 15, 2013
Three of my paintings were just awarded national medals in the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition.

Also I'm honored to have been chosen as a finalist in the Art Renewal Center 2012-2013 International Salon.

The Artist's Magazine
I recently won first place in The Artist's Magazine Annual Student Art Competeition.  The results of the competition were published in the January/February 2013 edition of the magazine.

Art Renewal Center
"Inheritance" wins Chairman's Choice Award in the 2011-2012 Art Renewal Center International Salon.
Link to article about the Salon

My painting "Inheritance" at the Scholastic National Art and Writing Awards Student Showcase held in the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Parsons The New School for Design, June 1 2012. Zoe Inheritance at Parsons
Link to article about the Exhibition

Unveiling my commissioned portrait of four-time Olympian Joetta Clark Diggs, March 31, 2012. Portrait Joetta Clark Diggs

"Inheritance" on display at the Montclair Art Museum as part of the Scholastic Regional Art Exhibition.
Montclair Art Museum

Fellow Art Academy of Hillsborough students unveiling portraits of the Hillsborough Township Committee, February 2012. Link to news articlee
Hillsborough Township Committee

With Anthony Ferrera at the Hillsborough Cultural Arts Comission Annual Art show March 31, 2012
Zoe and Anthony Ferrar

Kevin Murphy and I with my winning entry in the in the 2011 apprenticeship draw-off.
Zoe and Kevin