Domingo Zapata - La Gioconda


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.



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