Dom Czepiga is a self taught Contemporary-Pop Artist. Having served for six years as a US Navy sailor, this afforded him the opportunity to travel, experience other cultures and personally see some of the most coveted art pieces in the world. You can catch a glimpse of the artistic legends that have inspired him since childhood (Warhol, Lichtenstein, Picasso) he pays them homage then puts his own signature style in to give the wow factor.
How do you describe your work?
Sexy Chic- passionate, visually stimulating, bold-in your face, thought provoking conversation starters
What’s your preferred medium to express yourself and you work? How did you come into working that way?
If I had to pick only one it would be the collages that I am currently working on. My wife is a Stylist and we have so many of these magazines lying around that I decided to start going through them and cutting out words and objects that I thought I could incorporate into my work. I have cut up literally thousands of magazines and have a box full of these clippings.
Where did you grow up and do you think that’s affected, at all, your vision as an artist?
I spent the early part of my childhood in Trenton, New Jersey, I moved to Anderson, South Carolina when I was 8 and spent the remainder of my youth there. I am not sure if “where” I lived had as much influence in my work as” when” I grew up. The 1980’s were pure unadulterated excess personified. This plays out in my works with the Models, bold colors, the avant-garde use of words and images.
What triggers your imagination?
Beauty and Weirdness, how can I do what no one else is doing, don’t want to be on the bandwagon.
What are some Instagram accounts or artists that you particularly enjoy / are inspired from?
Obviously @taxcollection, I appreciate you guys featuring a few of my works a while back. Since I am in awe of so many talented artists, whether they be painters, sculptors, models, photographers, etc…, it wouldn’t be fair to narrow them down. However, these a few sites that I definitely follow and check out often. @avantgallery @afanyc @edenfineart @scopeartshow @crimebydesign
What was your dream growing up as a child?
I wanted to be a Mechanical Engineer. I was always taking things apart to figure out how they worked. I continue to do this and I am sure I always will. It has definitely played a role in some of my works.
What has become most important to you or your work at this moment in your life?
The most important thing is that I get to spend quality time with my family while still pursing my corporate and art careers.
Is there any specific moment(s) or memory in your life that pushed you definitively towards the arts or to pursue your creative ambitions?
I have always been a creative, but mostly kept my works private. I have a friend who knew I did artwork but had never actually seen any of my works. He happened to be over one evening and I had a piece I was working on and he said “Why in the hell aren’t you doing this for a living?” He commissioned me to do a piece for his home. Since I had never pursed actively selling my work I didn’t know where to even start. The turning point was when my wife introduced me to Instagram. I posted a piece I created in January 2017 and in July 2017 it was featured in a publication. This gave me the drive and motivation to actively pursue a career in the arts
What does your work mean to you? If anything at all?
My works are important to me. They are going to be my legacy of my time on this earth. They are the culmination of my thoughts and experiences. My wish is that I can inspire people while I am here and my works can continue that after I am gone.
What is your definition of ‘art’, even if it’s total bullshit?
My definition of Art is anything that is man-made that moves you emotionally. 11. any other information we should know (up coming projects / collars / exhibitions) To date I have not participated in any art shows other than ones I have hosted in my own home. I am very open to working with select partners that share my visions.