About the Artist
Manhattan-based artist Paul Zepeda uses traditional materials such as oil paint, gold, silver & copper leaf, and mineral based oxidants to create paintings and sculpture that are inspired by ancient art and culture. These classic materials and traditional techniques bring a sense of memory, contemplation and connection with humanity’s roots to a contemporary audience. Figures painted in caves 40,000 years ago, such as bulls and bears, still hold symbolic significance to people today and are even used to describe the complex workings of our economic system. Translated onto canvas, ancient forms receive new life, and pull the viewer from the bustle of modern day to a time when being connected to their environment and fellow man meant a chance at survival and continuation of the species.
A self-taught artist, he was born in the Land of Enchantment and has spent the last 15 years creating and exhibiting nationally and internationally. His work can be found in collections across the globe. Considering philanthropy a personal mission, the artist’s work has been auctioned to benefit the American Cancer Society, Anti-Defamation League, Broadway Bares AIDS Charity, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Make a Wish Foundation, Stoked Mentoring, Girls Inc. Santa Fe, and the V Foundation.
He has also recently participated in several large scale projects including Red Bull Curates NYC, was a US Representative International Artist in the Mayan Parade for the Mexican Board of Tourism and is a contributing artist to the “Gutai: Splendid Playground” exhibit at the Guggenheim Museum.