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 ,
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