About Us

The name Zeuxis derives from the ancient Greek still life painter of Pliny's Natural History.​

This painting by Antonio Leonelli, ca. 1500–1510, illustrates the Zeuxis story.
Zeuxis was founded by Phyllis Floyd and several of her painter colleagues in her New York City loft in 1994. Floyd recalls: “In the 1990s sometime I began to assess the condition of still life painting in the climate of the post modernist art world. Prospects looked bleak. It was time to rally my forces, and I drew in still life painters one by one with the object of mounting group exhibitions. Of that nucleus, Kennedy and Baragona remain.

Rita Baragona offered us space at Blair Academy for the first show. This was followed by one at Kohn, Pederson, Fox in the Steinway Building on 57th Street. The needed assistance materialized somehow with the usual complaining and argument such cooperative projects engender. But the large opening was exhilarating, and Zeuxis was on its way.”

Since then, Zeuxis exhibitions have appeared in over 50 commercial galleries, museums, and college exhibition spaces across the country. These shows have been reviewed in The New York Times, The New York Observer, The New York Sun, and numerous other publications.

To increase the interest and variety of the exhibitions, Zeuxis usually specifies themes for upcoming shows.
Rita Baragona
Tim Kennedy

Zeuxis routinely asks outside artists to participate. Over the years, these have included:

Lennart Anderson
Martha Armstrong
William Bailey
Richard Baker
Leland Bell
Sallie Benton
Nell Blaine
Tom Burckhardt
Caren Canier
Donna Cehrs
Richard Chiriani
Lois Dodd
Kate Emlen
Benny Fountain
Jane Freilicher
Barbara Goodstein
Owen Gray
Elliott Green
Nancy Grimes​
​Nancy Hagin
Mark Karnes
Catherine Kehoe
Penny Kronengold

Gabriel Laderman
James Lechey
Marion Lerner-Levine
Mark Lewis
Stanley Lewis
Matthew Lopas
Louisa Matthiasdottir
Nancy McCarthy
Patrick Neal
Wilbur Niewald
Elizabeth O'Reilly
Langdon Quin
Susannah Phillips
Paul Resika
Emil Robinson
Stephanie Sanchez
Stuart Shils
Don Southard
Carol Stewart
Walter Strach
Wayne Thiebaud
Mary Jo Vath
Susan Jane Walp
Bill White
Trevor Winkfield
Sharon Yates

Lois Dodd