Domingo Zapata interviewed for Forbes

The Spanish Artist Speaks About His Success and Vision with Jason T. Borbet

Shawn Corey Carter honed his craft to build a brand: Jay Z. He then leveraged the Jay Z brand to build an empire — acquiring and building music labels, running clubs, producing video games and representing athletes (to name a few). For an artist, what you create establishes who you are — what you do with the result defines your legacy.

If you find yourself walking West along Gramercy Park toward Park Avenue in Manhattan, you might notice three large sets of windows showcasing a legion of easels. Inside, you’ll find Domingo Zapata and his team of assistants working on dozens of canvases. Born in Mallorca, Spain — Zapata is making like Jay Z, and building an empire through creative partnerships with real estate developers, licensing deals with consumer brands like Alice and Olivia, and serving as the Executive Creative Director for Los Angeles-based ad agency — StudioPMG.

Like Jay Z to music, Zapata is always focused on his true passion — painting. On July 23rd at 6:00pm, Zapata’s solo show entitled Summer Times will open at Galerie des Lices in Saint-Tropez. Already a success, four of the twelve pieces (averaging $80,000 per) have pre-sold. Before he left for France, I stopped by Zapata’s studio to chat about his career, business and what it takes to make it as an artist.

Read the full interview on Forbes’ website.

Visit Domingo’s page to learn more about his work, and visit the Shop to check out some of his pieces.

Photo: Domingo Zapata Painting © Domingo Zapata