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Domenico Zindato

Italian, contemporary.
Born 1966, Reggio Calabria, 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 emblematic 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 aborbed the colors of his travels in India and Mexico...vivid ochres, blues, greens and pinks.

- Courtesy of Andrew Edlin Gallery

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2016, 31, Nixon, Mexico City

2013, Domenico Zindato: Recent Drawings, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York

2010, Domenico Zindato, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York

2007, Domenico ZindatoPhyllis Kind Gallery, New York

2004, Domenico Zindato, Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York

2000, Domenico Zindato, Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016, As Essential As Dreams: Self-Taught Art from the Collection of Stephanie and John Smither, The Menil Colection, Houston

2016, World Made By Hand, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York

2014, En el umbral (y sólo a unos pasos de la dimensión sublime de la belleza), Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City

2012, Accidental Genius: Art from the Anthony Petullo Collection, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee

2011, Pulse Miami, Andrew Edlin Gallery, Miami

2010, Art Forum Berlin, Andrew Edlin Gallery, Berlin

2010, Approaching Abstraction, American Folk Art Museum, New York

2009, In Through the Out Door, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York

2005, Interior Motives, Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York

2003, Write On, Webb Gallery, Waxahachie

2001, Hands Across the Sea, Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York

Selected Collections

American Folk Art Museum, New York
Collection de l'Art Brut, Lausanne, Switzerland
The Menil Collection, Houston
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee
Phildelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, England

Selected Bibliography

Domenico Zindato: Recent Drawings, exhibition catalogue, Andrew Edlin Gallery, 2013.

Accidental Genius: Art from the Anthony Petullo Collection, exhibition catalogue, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, 2012.

Russell, Charles, Groundwaters: A Century of Self-Taught and Outsider Artists, Prestel, New York, 2011.

Goméz, Edward, "Domenico Zindato's Mysterious, Magical World," Raw Vision, #58, 2007.

Goméz, Edward, "Discovering Art With the Aura of the Outsider," New York Times, February 20, 2000. 
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