Domingo Zapata was born in Palma de Mallorca, Spain on December 22, 1974. He later moved to London to attend Regent’s College then to Washington, D.C. where he studied contemporary art with a focus on acrylic painting and pastel drawing at the American University. He is a SpanishAmerican artist who maintains studios in his Gramercy Park townhouse in New York City, the Design District in Miami, and Hollywood. In these private ateliers he produces NeoExpressionist paintings as well as sculpture, and mosaics.
For over 20 years Zapata has built a body of work which varies significantly in motif, while consistently exploring themes of sexuality, opulence and vitality. He paints in both oil and acrylic, often incorporating mixedmedia, collage and graffiti. He is best known for his signature “Polo” series which first gained him critical acclaim. His work focuses on native Spanish culture, American Pop icons and classic literature. His collectors include Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Diana Picasso, the Missoni Family and investment bank Goldman Sachs. He often draws on his experiences as a songwriter and has worked with artists such as Michael Jackson and Jon Secada and exposes his deeply poetic imagination by incorporating text and visual cues into many of his works.
The artist has prepared a poignant, commemorative mural for the lobby of Freedom Tower in Manhattan, the newly restored Colosseum in Rome and the lobby of the landmark Plaza Hotel in New York. His work is featured in several architectural locations such as the Union Square location of NYC’s W Hotel. His work is prominent across the globe, celebrated by multiple cultures and communities; from The Tree of Life Mural he created for a synagog in New Jersey to The Depiction of Christ he painted for Almoina de la Seu Cathedral in Majorca, Spain.
Domingo Zapata continues to building an empire through creative partnerships with real estate developers, licensing deals with consumer brands like Alice and Olivia, whom he launched a capsule collection with in 2015, and his upcoming collaboration with Steve Madden and Superga. Zapata is also actively serving as the Executive Creative Director for Los Angelesbased ad agency — StudioPMG. In 2011 Zapata was named an “artist to watch,” by W hitewall Magazine. His work has attracted international press such as Vanity Fair Italia, Esquire, Spain, the Wall Street Journal, W, the Huffington Post and the New York Observer. He proves to be a true inspiration with a full interview story featured in Forbes Magazine entitled “A Conversation with Domingo Zapata” where they describe him as building an empire through his art work. New York Magazine deemed him “in a league of his own” and the New York Post proclaimed Zapata to be the “new Andy Warhol, with star lets begging for a sitting.” 2015 saw him featured on the front page of the Style section of The New York Times, as well as the cover of Hudson Magazine, in addition to a number of other high profile interviews and features around the world.
2012 / Zapata At Venice Film Festival , Palazzo Da Mula in Venice
Zapata At The Bowery Hotel , Bowery Hotel in New York City
An Evening To Celebrate Joffrey West , Valley Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles
Kings Polo Classic , International Polo Club of Colts Neck in New Jersey
2013 / Singapore and KM Fine Arts, Downtown Fair
“A Contemporary Salon,” presented with the Parrish Museum, Water Mill, New York
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, presented during 55th Venice Biennale, Palazzo da Mula, Venice
Tom Beach Hotel , St. Barths
Art Basel Miami “The Love of My Life is in Paris” Exhibition Hyde Beach, SLS Hotel South Beach in Miami
2014 / “20 Years of Zapata Motifs”, Evartspace Gallery, Grand Rue 12, Geneva A Bullfighter in New York, CR Gallery, Manhattan, NY
Frieze Art Fair in New York, The Armory, with KP Gallery
Galleria Gallo Gallina MKT, Mexico City
“A Nod to Matisse” presented with Lab Art Gallery, Los Angeles CA 2015
“Life, Love and Art”, Lab Art Texas, Dallas
“Play” Hotel Cafe Royal, 68 Regent Street, London, UK
“Marylin” at Philippe Guggenheim Gallery, Southampton, NY “Summer Love” Galerie des Lices, St. Tropez, France