Peter O. Zierlein
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  • Amherst, MA
  • United States
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Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Digital Media, Other
Artist Statement/Bio
I am interested in power relationships, power struggles and the inevitability of human folly.
Most of my editorial illustration for the opinion pages of various newspapers have the struggle for power or shifts in power relationships as their subject.
I love contributing to the contemporary iconography around those subjects.
I was born and raised in Germany, came to New York City in 1985, found a mentor who helped me get into Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY and stayed until 1991. The I moved back to Germany where for the next 8 years i had a great career as an illustrator, working for major magazines, book and music publications. In 1998 I returned to NYC
and picked up freelance illustration assignments for many major newspaper and magazine publications.
In 2001 I moved to the beautiful Pioneer Valley with my wife, child and several dogs and cats.
I teach illustration and foundation courses as an adjunct professor at the Art Institute of Boston.
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I am an illustrator, my editorial illustrations appear in national and international publications such as the New York Times, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The Nation, Berliner Zeiting, Stern, Spiegel and many others. I have also produced numerous book and CD covers, flyers, posters and over a thousand t-shirt designs.
I was trained as a print maker and have exhibited my etchings and linoleum cuts internationally.
The three panels of my "Tryptich for Germany" are respectively part of the permanent collection of "Koeln Ludwig Museum, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart and Documenta Archives, Kassel, Germany.
I am a Master of Fine Arts, january 2011. The work for my thesis is based on symmetrical paper cuts with the subject of 'Balance of Power' check out my blog:

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