Palma, Spain. 1974
Domingo Zapata is a contemporary Spanish artist born on 1974 in Palma de Mallorca. He moved to London where he studied at the Regents College, and moved to New York in 1999. In New York, he worked on Wall Street and in the music industry before committing himself fully to a career in art. More recently, the artist has made a successful foray into fashion, as seen in his collaboration with Alice + Olivia. Notably, in 2017 the artist debuted a fall/winter fashion collection, presenting a range of apparel that embodied his signature aesthetic of lively patterns and forms.
Zapata has been referred to as the “next Andy Warhol” for both his pop art sensibilities and his celebrity lifestyle. He has also been described as a neo-expressionist because of his use of bright colours and his “visceral,” “graffiti-like” painting method. Zapata has noted that he uses color to evoke and represent emotion (usually happiness). Many of his works explore thematic elements such as “sexuality, opulence, and vitality” o en incorporating text into the artwork. Zapata often creates different series based on a single theme. These include his Polo series, Matador series, Ten series (portraits of “iconic” women), Mona Lisa series, Panda series, and others.
This year the artist is preparing a poignant, commemorative mural for the lobby of Freedom Tower in Manhattan. The piece will be unveiled as part of the building’s opening ceremony and remain on permanent display. Additional commissions include a panel for the newly restored Colosseum in Rome as well as the lobby of the landmark Plaza Hotel in New York.
Zapata currently lives and works in New York, NY.