Domingo Zapata | Pandamonium

A symbol of peace, strength and friendship, the panda is one of the world’s best-loved animals. In his new Pandamonium collection, the Spanish-American artist Domingo Zapata captures this amazing species in his signature Neo-Expressionist style, taking inspiration from the street art and culture of SoHo, Little Italy and Tribeca in New York. The series of two limited edition prints and original mixed media paintings fuses Chinese traditions with elements of urban style and Domingo’s own Mediterranean heritage. Each of the artworks is titled after a Chinese word – including ‘confidence’, ‘precious’ and ‘beautiful life’ – or a panda from the family tree. The stories behind the names are incredible; from a panda who survived the 2008 Sichuan earthquake to one who represented the friendship between Japan and China, Domingo embodies their cultural significance with these expressive paintings. Bold colours, dripping lines and swooping hearts echo Domingo’s belief in the concept of el duende : a heightened physical and emotional response to an artistic performance. Like the flamenco dance, his art expresses movement and passion, but the tranquility of the central panda creates a sense of calm, a yin to the yang of the surrounding chaos. Graffiti motifs such as

hearts, skulls and a crown reflect his urban inspirations, which include the street artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.

The idea for the collection came after a late-night walk through Lower Manhattan one New Year’s Eve, a borough rich in Chinese culture and works by artists from around the world. Emblazoned with slogans such as ‘I love you’, ‘Kiss me like you miss me’ and ‘All you need is love’, the colourful artworks are playful and fun, but also reflect the philanthropic side of his rockstar persona.

“MY PAINTINGS CARRY AMESSAGE OF POSITIVITY AND HAPPINESS. I LOVE TO PAINT BEAUTIFUL THINGS.”

Domingo, whose work is collected by European royalty and Hollywood actors including Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio, explains: “My paintings carry a message of positivity and happiness. We need to take better care of our planet and think about the effects our actions can have. I just want to make the world a more beautiful place.”

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Giclée on Paper | Edition of 95 Image Size 56cm x 76cm | Framed Size 84cm x 107cm Framed £1,950 CHI CHI

Giclée on Paper | Edition of 95 Image Size 56cm x 76cm | Framed Size 84cm x 107cm Framed £1,950 LING LING

SET OF TWO (CHI CHI & LING LING)

Framed £3,500

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Original Mixed Media Artwork Image Size 74cm x 99cm | Framed Size 94cm x 118cm Framed £30,000 BEI BEI

Original Mixed Media Artwork Image Size 74cm x 99cm | Framed Size 94cm x 119cm Framed £30,000 MEI XIANG

Original Mixed Media Artwork Image Size 74cm x 99cm | Framed Size 94cm x 119cm Framed £30,000 SU LIN

“I BELIEVE WE NEED TO SLOW DOWN AND TAKE LIFE STEP BY STEP. WE SHOULD APPRECIATE THE TIMEWE ARE GIVEN, AND THE PEOPLE WE LOVE.”

Original Mixed Media Artwork Image Size 75cm x 101cm | Framed Size 95cm x 121cm Framed £35,000 CHI CHI

Original Mixed Media Artwork Image Size 74cm x 99cm | Framed Size 94cm x 119cm Framed £30,000 MEI SHENG

Original Mixed Media Artwork Image Size 74cm x 99cm | Framed Size 94cm x 119cm Framed £35,000 LING LING

Original Mixed Media Artwork Image Size 76cm x 99cm | Framed Size 96cm x 119cm Framed £30,000 GAO GAO

“THE WORLD NEEDS PAINT. IT NEEDS ART. IT NEEDS SENSATIONS THAT WILL MAKE US FEEL ALIVE AND FILL OUR SOULSWITH HAPPINESS.”

Original Mixed Media Artwork Image Size 74cm x 99cm | Framed Size 94cm x 119cm Framed £30,000 XIN XIN

Original Mixed Media Artwork Image Size 74cm x 99cm | Framed Size 93cm x 119cm Framed £30,000 LUN LUN

BORN: Palma de Mallorca, Spain (1974) LIVES AND WORKS: New York AWARDS: ‘Most Influential Artist of the Year’, Latino Heritage Celebration (2019) EXHIBITIONS: Grand Hyatt Tokyo (2021), New York Fashion Week (2020), Art Basel Miami (2019)

The beautiful Mediterranean island of Mallorca – where Spanish artists like Joan Miró, Miquel Barceló and Joan Bennàssar lived or worked – was a treasure trove of inspiration for a young Domingo. His mother was a painter and his father painted cars. Surrounded by ‘paint and fumes’, he explored his heritage and learned about artists including Diego Velázquez and Francisco Goya. By the age of 16, he’d memorised the contents of London’s National Gallery and New York’s Metropolitan Museum. After winning a scholarship to study in London, Domingo graduated with a degree in political science in America and embarked on a

brief stint on Wall Street. The urban style of 1980s New York beckoned, and he picked up his paintbrush once again, embarking on an artistic career that saw him described as ‘the next Andy Warhol’ by The New York Post . Domingo’s projects are as varied as his paintings: alongside joining forces with the Pope and the French street artist Mr. Brainwash, he has exhibited at New York Fashion Week and the Venice Biennale. Public installations include a five-foot stainless steel shark sculpture in the lobby of the United Nations headquarters to raise awareness of ocean pollution, and a record-breaking mural in Times Square.

The images contained within this literature are an artistic representation of the collection. To best experience our art, we recommend you contact your local gallery to arrange a viewing. © Washington Green 2021. The content of this brochure is subject to copyright and no part can be reproduced without prior permission.

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