Domingo Zapata

Born: Palma de Mallorca, Spain (1974)
Lives and works: New York
Awards: ‘Most Influential Artist of the Year’, Latino Heritage Celebration (2019)
Exhibitions: New York Fashion Week (2019), Art Basel Miami (2016), Galerie des Lices (2015)
“Art is about expressing feelings, passion and love. Everything is possible.”

Described by The New York Post as ‘the next Andy Warhol’, Spanish-American artist Domingo Zapata paints Neo-Expressionist works which explore themes of opulence, sexuality and vitality.

Inspiration

With studios in New York City, Miami and Hollywood, Domingo has nevertheless retained his humble roots. He grew up in Palma de Mallorca in Spain, where his mother was a painter and his father fixed cars. Surrounded by “paint and fumes”, he explored his heritage and learnt about artists like Diego Velázquez, Francisco Goya, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí.

His art studies in London and subsequent business degree took him to Wall Street, New York, in 1999, before he embarked on a career in the music industry and wrote lyrics for Michael Jackson. He was hugely influenced by pop culture and the aesthetics of Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat.  

Created in oil and acrylic, Domingo’s 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 work 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 celebrities including Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom, and features in the collections of the Missoni family and the investment bank Goldman Sachs. His work has seen him paint with the Pope and create a record-breaking mural in Times Square. Find out more on our From the Studio page.  

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Inside the world of Domingo Zapata

Domingo can spend up to 14 hours per day creating art!

In August 2019, he embarked on his most ambitious project to date: a retrospective of his work across 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 350,000 people walk by each day. For six days, Domingo painted from suspended state-of-the-art scaffolding, capturing themes and highlights from his 20-year career, including his mantra, ‘Life is a Dream’.

In January 2020, Domingo once again collaborated with Pope Francis to celebrate the head of the Catholic Church’s 50th year since ordination. The sovereign of the Vatican City State added his signature cross and a bird to Domingo’s red heart. The canvas will be auctioned in New York City to benefit the Pope's arts education charity, the Pontifical Scholas Occurrentes Foundation, through which the pair have raised over $1.5 million.

Outside of his paintings, Domingo designs clothes (including for New York Fashion Week), has written a novel and was a guest speaker at the United Nations to advocate for art education.

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Domingo Zapata | La Gioconda

Described by The New York Post as ‘the next Andy Warhol’, Spanish-American artist Domingo Zapata paints Neo-Expressionist works which explore themes of opulence, sexuality and vitality.

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