Rob Zeller was born and grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana. Although he has resided in New York City for 13 years, the surrealistic and Catholic Baroque quality of his birthplace permeates his art to this day. He received a BFA from the Boston Museum School and Tufts University, and an MFA from the New York Academy of Art. He studied with Jacob Collins at the Water Street Atelier.
He is the recipient of two Posey Fellowships and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. Rob has taught at the New York Academy of Art, the Stevenson Academy of Fine Art and the Long Island Academy of Fine Art. He has exhibited in galleries in New York City and nationally. In January 2009, he founded the Teaching Studios of Art, with locations in Brooklyn and Oyster Bay, Long Island. It is an art school that follows the same philosophy he has in in own work: traditional techniques with flexibility to be creative and engage contemporary culture.