Domingo Zapata - La Gioconda

DOMINGO ZAPATA | LA GIOCONDA

DOMINGO ZAPATA

Suspended 300 feet above the bustling Times Square intersection in New York City, Domingo Zapata couldn’t have felt any higher. His colossal mural, a retrospective of a 20-year career that has seen him lauded by The New York Post as ‘the next Andy Warhol’, bore his signature Neo-Expressionist style and personal mantra, ‘Life is a Dream’. It is this unwavering optimism that has catapulted Domingo from his humble beginnings in Palma de Mallorca in Spain to the dizzying heights of the art world’s elite. Growing up above his father’s car shop, surrounded by “paint and

fumes”, he fell in love with self- expression and would often visit the nearby studio of the famed Spanish painter Joan Miró to watch him at work. Fast forward to 2020, and Domingo has written lyrics for Michael Jackson, exhibited around the world, painted with Pope Francis and headlined at New York Fashion Week. Emboldened by themes of sexuality, opulence and vitality, his work has appeared in titles like The New York Times , Vanity Fair Italia , Forbes and Esquire Spain .

sees him transform the iconic ‘Mona Lisa’ by Leonardo da Vinci. This archetypal masterpiece of the Italian Renaissance has been reimagined to explore what would happen if it was exposed to street art and graffiti. Contrasting the work of an Old Master with contemporary techniques, Domingo layers fantasy with reality. “Art is about expressing feelings, passion and love,” he explains. “Everything is possible.” And now, as he makes his UK debut, it seems that Domingo is ready to soar.

His latest collection, La Gioconda ,

IL RE Hand-Embellished Giclée On Deckle-Edged Paper Framed 33” x 42” | Edition of 95 £1,950

IL PIRATA Hand-Embellished Giclée On Deckle-Edged Paper Framed 33” x 42” | Edition of 95 £1,950

STYLE & INFLUENCES

As a child, Domingo explored his Spanish heritage and learned about artists including Diego Velázquez, Francisco Goya, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. After moving to New York, he was hugely influenced by pop culture and the aesthetics of Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Created in oil and acrylic, his works incorporate mixed media, collage and graffiti. His poetic imagination is visualised through layers of text and visual cues, including symbols and iconic brands and figures. He says his art is a “conversation of colours”, with its distinctive style identified by the raw strokes of paint. Each piece is designed to have a positive influence on the viewer. Domingo’s art is collected by stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom, and features in the collections of the Missoni family and the investment bank Goldman Sachs. The controversial British artist Damien Hirst attended his 2005 exhibition in Miami, whilst he is also good friends with Diana Widmaier Picasso, the granddaughter of the late Spanish artist. He has worked with the former Banksy protégé Mr. Brainwash and painted Hollywood actresses including Sofia Vergara, Angelina Jolie and Michelle Rodriguez. In January 2020, Domingo once again collaborated with Pope Francis to celebrate the head of the Catholic Church’s 50th year since ordination. Together, the pair have raised over $1.5 million for the Pope’s arts education charity, the Pontifical Scholas Occurrentes Foundation. For their latest work, the sovereign of the Vatican City State added his signature cross and a bird to Domingo’s red heart. His most ambitious project to date is a 15-story vinyl canvas at One Times Square. The 30,000 sq ft mural took pride of place in one of New York City’s busiest spots, where an estimated 35,000 people walk by each day. For six days, Domingo painted from suspended state-of-the-art scaffolding, capturing themes and highlights from his spectacular career.

CELEBRITY COLLECTORS

VISIONARY PROJECTS

“ART IS ABOUT EXPRESSING FEELINGS, PASSION AND LOVE. EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE.” - DOMINGO ZAPATA

LA GIOCONDA PORTFOLIO OF FOUR PRINTS Unframed portfolio (pictured, left) £4,950 Framed portfolio £5,750

LA REGINA Hand-Embellished Giclée On Deckle-Edged Paper Framed 33” x 42” | Edition of 95 £1,950

IL TOPO Hand-Embellished Giclée On Deckle-Edged Paper Framed 33” x 42” | Edition of 95 £1,950

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