Viva Zapata! Spanish artists talks about his meteoric rise to fame

Posted at 12:34 AM, Jun 12, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-12 00:34:01-04

(NEW YORK CITY) – Domingo Zapata says he only knows three things in life, “Oil, acrylic and canvas.”

The Spaniard knows them better than most and admits he is not afraid to showcase his talents in action, “I try to be the best at what I do, but it’s for history to tell.”

Zapata has the confidence of a matador, but runs the streets of the city as if he was a Pamplona bull.  Toasting bellinis one second and opting for a new fix of “my cafe and my cigarillo” the next.  Recently PIX 11 News spent a day with Zapata to understand the painter that some have described as the next Warhol.

Is the 38-year-old Zapata a quixotic legend in the making or an enigma?

According to Zapata, his works move for an average prices of $70,000 dollars  and there is a waiting list.

However, as PIX 11 News discovered his masterpieces are truly pieces that are never mastered. Except perhaps for the one piece that arguably has meant the most to him, especially for the riches it brought him and others after he brokered a deal for it.