DOMINGA ZAPATA BIOGRAPHY
Domingo Zapata 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 N eoExpressionist 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. H e 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 J ohnny Depp, L eonardo DiCaprio, Diana Picasso, the Missoni Family and investment bank G oldman Sachs. He often draws on his experiences as a songwriter and has worked with artists such as M ichael Jackson and J on 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 p r e s s s u c h a s V a n i t y F a i r I t a l i a , E s q u i r e , S p a i n , t h e W a l l S t r e e t J o u r n a l , W , t h e Huffington Post and the N ew 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. N ew York Magazine deemed him "in a league of his own" and the N ew York Post proclaimed Z a p a t a t o b e t h e " n e w A n d y W a r h o l , w i t h s t a r l e t s b e g g i n g f o r a s i t t i n g . " 2 0 1 5 s a w h i m 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. RECENT EXHIBITIONS: 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
The future continues to promise illustrious milestones for Zapata. 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 new Bulgari Hotel in London and landmark Plaza Hotel in New York. Most recently he created New York City's largest mural at One Times Square Plaza.
Revered as one of Spain’s most prolific and sought-after modern day thespians to grace the International cinema stage, Jordi Mollà has for over two decades imbued multiple creative personas: actor, writer, director, and painter. Mollà was born on July 1, 1968, in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, and trained in acting at the Barcelona Institute of Theatre; furthering his studies in Italy, Hungary, and England.
As an actor, Mollà has an impressive body of work of nearly sixty films. He first garnered acclaim in Bigas Luna’ Jamon Jamon, followed by notable worksin Montxo Armendariz’s Historias Del Kronen, Gerardo Vera’s La Celestina, and his portrayal of Daniel in Ricardo Franco’s La Buena Estrella, where in Mollà’s inspiring performance prompted him to be recognized as a bright and burgeoning talent in the spanish industry.
Nominated 5 times for the Goya’s (spanish academy awards) for his distinguished, versatile, extreme and deep performances, Molla had become one of the best of his generation with other collegues in the spanish industry as Javier Bardem.
In 2001, Mollà starred opposite Penélope Cruz and Johnny Depp in the critically acclaimed film Blow, his debut film in Hollywood and the vehicle that opened American audiences to the stellar talents of the Spanish virtuoso. His performance was succeeded by a multitude of notable projects, including Michael Bay’s Bad Boys II (2003), Alamo (2004), Elizabeth, the Golden Age (2007), Knight and Day (2010), Colombiana (2011), Chronicles of Riddick sequel (2013), In the heart of the sea (2015), Criminal (2016), The man who killed Don Quixote (2017) and Cigarrette (2017) among others, sharing credits with mega stars as Johnny Deep, Will Smith, Kate Blanchett, Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Zoe Saldana, John Travolta, Tommy Lee Jones, Gary Oldman, Gal Gadot, Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Costner etc….
Mollà directed short and feature films, including: Walter Peralta, No me importaria irme contigo, No somos nadie, 88 and Cinemart: a collection of 20 video art showned for the first time in Barcelona in 2007.
Mollà has also written two books: Las primeras veces, and Agua Estancada and several feature scripts as España, Bla bla bla, The black swan and a couple of plays for the stage as Cielo Naranja y Gris.
As an artist, the self-taught painter is known to channel as much passion and purpose into his artwork as he does with his acting. Expressive and bold, withovert and subtle messages married with a myriad of colors, Mollà transmits oceans of images from his minds’ eye to canvas, and a host of installations of a vast and varied nature. Although some of Mollà’s art may seem spontaneous and created in the bounds of a finite time frame, a great number of his sought-after works have taken the artist many years to complete. Mollà returns again and again to a piece, adding ideas, colors, feelings, and universes of experience in a new unit of time, thus enriching the artwork, bestowing it renewed breath and life.
Mollà the painter draws as much from the world around him as he does the world within him. The kaleidoscope of external tastes, textures, aromas, personalities, and experiences the artist has are processed and recreated in a manner that the person or culture for whom he is creating can readily find meaning in the artwork;
not because it is simplistic, but because Mollà somehow finds a bridge on which to connect and communicate visually with his audience through multiple and diferent styles and techniques that takes him from abstract, to pop, to grafitti, to hiperrealism etc…..And this deference to the viewer has garnered Mollà a steadily growing and loyal pool of avid private collectors and celebrities as Johnny Deep, and Carolina Herrera Jr, on multiple continents as the United States, Spain, Germany, Mexico, England, Italy France etc….
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