Domingo Zapata | Where Reality And Fantasy Become One
The Spanish-American artist, Domingo Zapata describes himself as a passionate man who loves to paint. Since he was a little kid, he was obsessed with art…“ I don’t remember a day in my life without it,” he says. Originally from Palma de Mallorca, Spain, he moved to the U.S. to pursue his college studies and then he never left.
Domingo believes that the art industry is changing dramatically because of social media and technology, bringing the collector and the artist closer to each other and the possibility of discussing opinions from anywhere in the world.
Currently, Zapata maintains studios in Spring Street, Soho, New York City, the Design District in Miami, and Hollywood. In these private ateliers, he produces Neo-Expressionist paintings and sculptures where he starts with a theme, a figure, or both at the same time. Continuing through composition and color, he manifests his art – a reflection of a feeling that he wants to share with the world. He uses a diversity of contemporary materials, finishes, and techniques but his favorite is acrylic on canvas. Just like in a state of trance where reality and fantasy become one, he dreams awake while he creates, as art is everything to him. His inspiration comes from love and beauty evoking a rollercoaster of emotions, all of them simultaneously at all times. He wants to build a pure and meaningful relationship between his art and his audience.
“Art should not be about sales. If you create a piece of art with the intention to sell, then it is not art,” says the artist.
Being an artist who has a voice, he feels a huge responsibility. Unconditionally loving what he does, Domingo gives particular attention to composition while keeping his mind open to learn as much as he can to be able to do what he does now for the rest of his life.
One of the most recent works of Domingo is called ̈Smile, ̈ an incredible artistic collaboration between the artist and Spanish singer-songwriter Alejandro Sanz. Both fabulously successful artists in their own rights, between Sanz’s musical background and Zapata’s visual artistic language, this joint exhibition presented at HG Contemporary gallery in New York is the result of a superb meeting of two creative minds.