B. 1966, Italy
A native of southern Italy’s Reggio Calabria province, Domenico Zindato studied theater design in Rome, before withdrawing from university to devote his time to art. In the 1980s, Zindato lived and worked in Berlin, where his interests in photography, theater, music, performance, and image-making came together in multi-media events he organized for the emblamatic venues of Berlin’s post-Punk nightlife. After leaving Europe, he traveled throughout India and Mexico, finally settling in Mexico City. After a decade in the Mexican capital, Zindato moved to his current residence in Cuernavaca.
A master draftsman, Zindato has developed a labor-intensive, meticulously detailed drawing technique, using nib pens and fine-haired brushes on paper, to create semi-abstract images packed with mysterious motifs and elaborate patterns. Set against brightly colored backgrounds, Zindato’s drawings read, from a distance, as abstract. Viewed closely, however, they reveal the artist’s intricate pattern-making, with its dynamic swirls, eddies, and enigmatic symbols: eyeballs, floating heads, wave-like ripples and hand-drawn letters. At once extremely precise in its execution and meditative in spirit, Zindato’s art suggests affinities with pre-historic cave paintings, aboriginal art, Buddhist mandalas and Native-American decorative patterns. Zindato’s palette has absorbed the colors of his travels in India and Mexico…vivid ochres, blues, greens and pinks.
Zindato is a favorite of collectors of self-taught artists’ works in the United States and Europe. Andrew Edlin Gallery has represented the artist since July 2009. Zindato was previously represented by Phyllis Kind Gallery in New York which, after many years, recently closed. His work has been included in exhibitions at the American Folk Art Museum (New York), the Menil Collection (Houston), and the Milwaukee Art Museum. His work is included in the permanent collections of the American Folk Art Museum (New York), Collection de l'Art Brut (Lausanne), The Menil Collection (Houston), the Milwaukee Art Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Whitworth Art Gallery (Manchester).