Domingo Zapata, artist and former songwriter for Michael Jackson, Jon Secada, and Los Del Rio (“Macarena”), will display his most recent paintings on April 16 at a new Soho studio. Being called the city’s best-kept-secret amongst contemporary art collectors like George Soros, Zapata has quietly but surely gained critical attention to his wrok. His Polo series pieces were a hit at a private Hampton’s Polo Club Event in 2005 when they completely sold out.
Zapata has gone to show his work at Parisud, Carmen de la Guerra, Société Générale Monetcarlo, the Fairmont Hotel Montecarlo, and the Joffrey School of Ballet. The group of paintings and collages that will be shown range from subjects of polo horses to matadors, and from flamenco dancers to elephants.
Domingo said about his inspiration for his paintings: “Polo horses remind me of my youth and love for horses. Bullfighting is a passion that I even practice when I go back to Spain at my friend El Litri’s estate (he is the best bullfighter in the world and one of the nicest persons I know)…He is my inspiration for this motif. The Flamenco series I owe to designer Vicky Martin Berrocal, one of my muses. She introduced me to the deep sounds and magic of Flamenco, the beautiful colors of Andalucia and the soul that is called Duende…that is the miracle of flamenco.”
He has also been recently experimenting with collages, inspired by street art and the city of New York. Says the artist of his foray into collage, “I am using a more urban approach with mixed-media, influenced by the streets near where I stay and the time I have spent in New York. I love using vintage posters and imagine what would happen to them if they were posted in the street. What would street artists do to them? Even how the weather might affect them.”
Domingo Zapata has had a successful period in business, but he follows his one true love, art.
The excluisve preview event will take place on Saturday, April 16, from 7:30 to 10 p.m.
237 Lafayette Street at Spring Street