Zesty Meyers was born in Providence, RI in 1969. In 1990, Meyers formed the radical installation and performance art group the B Team, which also later included R designer, Jeff Zimmerman and R co-founder, Evan Snyderman. When he moved to New York in 1995, Meyers expanded the B Team into one of the first non-profit arts organizations comprised of visual artists using installation and performance with molten glass as their primary medium. The B Team integrated craft, fine art and performance in groundbreaking ways and served as an inspiration for a deeper interaction and dialogue between art forms.
In 1997, Meyers founded the gallery R 20th Century (now, R & Company) with fellow B team member Evan Snyderman. R & Company has since established itself as one of the most prominent and groundbreaking design galleries in the world and contributed to creating a renewed global interest in collectable design. Through their research, exhibitions and publications R & Company has resurrected interest in now-iconic designers Verner Panton, Wendell Castle, Greta Magnusson Grossman, Joaquim Tenreiro and Sergio Rodrigues, to name a few.
In 2016, Meyers contributed to the publication of Brazil Modern: The Rediscovery of Twentieth-Century Brazilian Furniture, the first internationally available inquiry into that country’s richly significant design history
Evan Snyderman was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1970. He received his BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1992 and his MFA from Tyler School of Art in 1994. As a professional artist, Snyderman received a Wheaton Fellowship in 1995 and a teaching position at Urban Glass in Brooklyn, New York, that same year. He joined the performance group The B-Team in 1995, which went on to win a Tiffany Grant in 1996 and a Bessie Award for Sight Specific performance in 1998.
In 1997, Snyderman founded the gallery R 20th Century (now R & Company) with Zesty Meyers, which has since established itself as one of the most prominent design galleries in the world, with Snyderman as the creative and artistic director. R & Company has represented historical and contemporary design for over 25 years, helping to establish the global design market.
Snyderman has contributed to multiple publications since 2000, including monographs on Wendell Castle, Greta Magnusson Grossman, Poul Kjaerholm, Renate Müller, Verner Panton, Ilmari Tapiovaara, Jeff Zimmerman, David Wiseman, and Rogan Gregory, as well as overviews on Italian Radical design and American craft and design.
Snyderman’s curatorial debut was the touring exhibition Greta Magnusson Grossman: A Car and Some Shorts, which opened at the Arkitekturmuseet in Stockholm, Sweden, in February 2010 and traveled to the Price Tower Art Center in Oklahoma and the Pasadena Museum of California Art in 2012. In 2012, Snyderman co-curated the exhibition Wendell Castle: Wandering Forms, Works from 1959-1979 at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut, and also contributed to the accompanying publication. He co-curated the groundbreaking exhibition SuperDesign: Italian Radical Design 1965-1975 in 2017 and co-produced the documentary film by the same name. In 2020, Snyderman co-curated the exhibition Objects USA: 2020 with Glenn Adamson, Abby Bangser, and James Zemaitis. This exhibition is scheduled to travel to multiple institutions starting in the fall of 2024.
In 2023, Snyderman received the Iris Award for Outstanding Dealer, honoring his contributions to the field of design and the decorative arts.