Athos Zacharias

Athos Zacharias,

Painter Athos Zacharias creates dynamic works notable for their spontaneity and characterized by Art News as “blindingly original.” Now the one-time assistant to Willem de Kooning has produced a new group of paintings uniting his major ideas as a “between generational painter”.

His paintings can be found in important collections including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington,DC; the Museum of Art, Providence, RI; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MI; the Kalamazoo Institute of Art, Kalamazoo, MI; the Butler Art Institute, Youngstown, OH; E.F.Hutton & Co., NY; and the Westinghouse Corporation,Pittsburgh, PA.

Arriving in New York in 1956, Mr. Zacharias immersed himself in the downtown art scene where he quickly met many of the artists who would influence his artistic life. Over time, he worked as an assistant to Larry Rivers, Grace Hartigan, Mary Abbot, Jack Tworkov, Alfonso Ossorio, and Lee Krasner. Another friend and major influence was abstract painter Franz Kline.2 But it was during his years of friendship with Willem de Kooning that his vision of himself as an artist and a deeper understanding of painting emerged.

Athos Zacharias was born in Marlborough, MA in 1927 and raised in Fall River, MA. He earned a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1952, on the GI Bill, and an MFA in 1953 from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI.



  • Valet
  • Tangle
  • Pulled
  • Poseidon


  • Athos Zacharias Pictured with William DeKooning

    Featured gallery artist, Athos Zacharias, presented in an issue of Hamptons Art Hub. Pictured alongside with friends and mentors- William DeKooning, Franz Kline, and Ruth Kligman, Zacharias is one of the original first generation abstract expressionists. As a member of the Arts Students League ...