Robert Rahway Zakanitch was born in New Jersey in 1935 and studied at the Newark School of Industrial and Fine Arts working as a commercial artist for a New York–based advertising company. After leaving the commercial arts world in the mid 1960s, Zakanitch worked in an Abstract Expressionist style. While he retained some of the spontaneous, gestural qualities of this style, his later work, like that produced at Tyler Graphics, became more representational.

Flowers are a common motif in Zakanitch’s work and between 1979 and 1981 he created several exuberant series with a floral focus. His Paper pulp series of 1981 consists of 23 unique works created by applying pulps and dyes to specially constructed moulds.
Emilie Owens
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