Featured Artist: Zingaro
Massachusetts-born artist Zingaro, represented by Colorado gallery Art on a Whim, is considered the modern master of vitreous enamel, an ancient medium that has been passed down through the generations. This rare technique involves fusing glass to metal with high heat, creating not only a uniquely beautiful finished material, but also one that is resistant to scratches, chemicals, and fire.
Born in 1954 to first-generation Portuguese and French-Canadian immigrants, Zingaro began his formal art training at age 11. Over the next few decades, he put his talents to use across America as a painter, commercial mural artist, gallery owner, and photography assistant, eventually earning a fine arts degree from Stockton College in 1995 and settling in New Mexico to paint and create in a variety of mediums at his studio.
While Zingaro’s early body of work consisted mainly of acrylic paintings on canvas and metal sculptures created from found objects, his more recent work has revolved around vitreous enamel pieces featuring fused glass on copper—in fact, over 500 of his nearly 1,000 original works to date are vitreous enamel.
His work is featured in collections all over the world, including in institutions like New York’s National Dance Institute and in the private collections of Denzel Washington and Kelly Clarkson. We look forward to sharing Zingaro’s gorgeous work with you this April at Artexpo New York 2015—look for Art on a Whim’s booth!