In the charismatic building of One Times Square on the famous New York square, the largest mural in the city was created in 2019. A gigantic canvas covered three facades of that building covering up to 15 floors of it. The author of the work was the Spanish artist Domingo Zapata (1974 –), who created the mural only charging the costs of the work: materials, cranes, scaffolding, etc. But without receiving any fees, since it is a completely charitable work, since after it was taken down in December 2019, all of it is divided into various pieces that are donated to various NGOs so that they take out resources for the most needy.
Life is a dream by Domingo Zapata
In short, in a way it is an ephemeral art like the urban art of graffiti, whose creations no one knew how long they could remain on a wall. Although, that was before this type of art was the most sought after and valuable with creators as famous as the mysterious and sought after Banksy.
Also Zapata has done graffiti, but none of this type or of these dimensions. And once he seems to master the technique and has lost his fear of vertigo and painting in harsh weather conditions, he plans to make a much larger mural, the largest ever done. Although he still doesn't know where he will do it.
This artist has lived for two decades between Spainand the United States, and there he wanted to create his work Life is a dream in which he talks about dreams. Of the materialization of the same by any person. And for this he has resorted to painting in the epicenter of Manhattan a gigantic image full of Spanish symbols, from the Menina Velazqueña that is in the highest part, to the bulls, the wine, or the lights of your island of Mallorca natal.
In short, he has had total creative freedom to pour out his most personal and particular imagery here. A graphic repertoire that has a lot to do withSpainand with his art history, something clear in his mentions ofVelázquezor the bullfighting byGoya. But there is also no doubt about the influence of the most international urban art. And of course, Zapata's creations owe many debts to Pop Art, and especially to Andy Warhol, with whom on more than one occasion critics of art contemporary American compare when contemplating his works in the form of series.