In the late 1960s, Robert Zakanitch began experimenting with Color Field painting but would go on to be one of the founders of the Pattern & Decorative movement in the mid 1970s. While working in the Color Field he was strict to adhering to an abstract style inspired by Minimalism until he learned about decorative imagery. He kept the same color schemes and structures, but incorporated floral motif and a more painterly style.
Zakanitch has been exhibiting in New York since 1965. He has had numerous shows beginning with the Stable Gallery then Reese Palley, Holly Solomon, Robert Miller, Sidney Janis, Hirschl/Adler and many group ehibitions which include the Whitney Annual, Metropolitan Museum and the Museum of Modern Art. Nationally he has had many solo exhibitions and has been included in numerous group shows. Internationally he has had one man shows in Paris, Basel, Zurich, Berlin, Koln, Perpignon and other cities, as well as many group shows.
He recieved a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1995 and has been listed in Who’s Who in America since 1980.