Zachariah Rieke studied painting at three universities over the course of seven years and then taught at the University of Alberta while living in Canada during the Vietnam war. Rieke has been represented by a succession of top galleries in Santa Fe since the mid-seventies, including Janus, Linda Durham and EVO. He and his wife, Gail, were honored with a retrospective at the New Mexico Museum of Art, which ran for six months in 1999-2000. In 2006 his work was selected for the Acclaimed Artist Series of the New Mexico Arts. In the same year his paintings were included in “Painting: Alive & Well! Eight Modern Masters at the U.N.M. Art Museum.