artists

Domenico Zindato

Born 1966, Reggio Calabria, Italy.
1988-1996 Resided, Berlin, Germany.
1997-2006 Resided, Mexico City, Mexico.
Lives and works in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

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.

EDUCATION

1984-88
Studied Law, Theatre, Film and Literature, Sapienza, Università di Roma, Rome, Italy

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016
31, Nixon, Mexico City, Mexico

2013
Domenico Zindato, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY

2010
Domenico Zindato, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY

2007
Domenico Zindato: Recent Work, Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York, NY
Galérie Objet-Trouvé, Paris, France

2004
Domenico Zindato: Recent Work, Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York, NY

2000
Domenico Zindato, Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York, NY

1998
Galeria 127, Mexico City, Mexico

1996
Café Aurora Tresor, Berlin, Germany

1995
SOMA in Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
Gallery OZ, Paris, France

1993
Gallery OZ, Paris, France

1992
Boudoir, Berlin, Germany

1991
Gallery Loulou Lasard, Berlin, Germany

1990
Gallery Loulou Lasard, Berlin, Germany

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016
As Essential as Dreams: Self-Taught Art from the Collection of Stephanie and John Smither, curated by Michelle White, The Menil Collection, Houston, TX
World Made By Hand, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY

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

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

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

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

2008
Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York, NY

2007
Winteropstelling, Galerie Hamer, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
OttoVolteQuattro, Galleria Fuorinorma, Verona, Italy
ArtVerona, Galleria Fuorinorma, Verona, Italy

2005
Interior Motives, Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York, NY
Wos up man? Selections from the J.M. and J.D. Shein Collection, Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
Abuso de conciencia, Convento ExTeresa, Mexico City, Mexico
Galeria El Estudio, Mexico City, Mexico

2003
Write on, Webb Gallery, Waxahachie, TX

2002
Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York, NY

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

1999
Outsider Art, Museum C. Zander, Bonnigheim, Germany

1996
Gallery OZ, Paris, France

1995
Facing Holiness, Gallery Spektrum, Olmnitz, Czech Republic
Occhio.Concetti del disegno, Noire Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Italy

1994
Boudoir at PS.1, PS.1, New York, NY

1993
Livres et object d'art, Isabelle Bongard, Paris, France

1991
The Fourth Biedermaier, W139, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

SELECTED PRESS

2011
Edward M. Gómez, “On the Border”, Art & Antiques Magazine, February.

2008
Edward M. Gómez, “Domenico Zindato at Phyllis Kind,” Art in America, April.

2007
Edward M. Gómez, “Domenico Zindato’s Mystical, Mysterious World” Raw Vision, No. 58, Spring.
N.F. Karlins, “Force of Nature,” artnet.

2004
Edward M. Gómez, Review of exhibition at P.K. Gallery, Raw Vision, No. 46, Spring.
N.F. Karlins, “Outsider Art Fair 2004,” artnet.

2001
Roberto Smith, “Art So Out It’s Almost In,” New York Times, January 19.

2000
Edward M. Gómez, “Discovering Art With the Aura of the Outsider,” New York Times, February 20.
N.F. Karlins, “Outsider report,” artnet.
Pamela Scheinman, “Domenico Zindato’s World Music on Paper,” Fiberarts Magazine, March/April.

1995
Switch magazine, Tokyo, No. 10.

1992
Jens Pepper, “Spreeflorenz,” NeueBildendeKunst, No. 6.

1990
E.A., “Bizarre Lust” TIP magazine, Berlin, No. 17.
D. Kuhlbrodt, “Rexdildo in Loulou Lasard,” TAZ Berlin, August 22.
Elke Melkus, “Verborgene Phantasien,” PRINZ magazine, Berlin, August 15.

PUBLICATIONS

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

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

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

American Folk Art Museum, New York, NY
Collection de l'Art Brut, Lausanne, Switzerland
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA