Loving my life and my city right now. What a surprise this morning.  I was dropping off Luca at daycare when one of the ladies greeted me and congratulated me on the poster at the subway station. I rushed to check it out and documented it to share the moment with you.

Prints of the flowers on the posters are available at my online store.


Quiero compartir un emotivo segmento por NY1 noticias sobre mi participacíon en Sing for Hope, el cual destaca lo especial y gratificante que ha sido esta experiencia.





Esta semana tuve el honor de ser entrevistado por la periodista Isolda Peguero en su show "Rincón de Isolda", un formato estilo conversación con personalidades del arte, cultura, política, salud, deportes, farándula, la familia y hechos históricos, entre otros. Charlamos sobre mi presente participación en Sing for Hope Pianos 2017, mi trayectoria artística y nuevos proyectos. Mi piano se encuentra en Inwood Hill Park: Seamen Avenue & Isham Street, New York, NY

Espero les guste la entrevista.


For over 30 years, visual artist Maria Dominguez has brought her public art creations, dealing with personal, environment and community experiences to the city of New York. She is a life long resident of New York City, of Puerto Rican decent, and this is her statement. 

 

My passion for mural and public art making lead me to create over twenty-five public works during the past 30 years. Many of which have included the participation of community residents, school students and other artists.

Mural @ Julia de Burgos Performance and Cultural Center

 

My earliest influence to this collective process rose during the emergence of the Nuyorican Movement in Manhattans’ Lower East in late 70’s. Our devastated community at the time was in dire need of housing, social services and recreation it forced us into activism.

Art Blackley’s Drum

With our combined efforts in social work and the arts together we brought forth the change we aimed for. Public awareness followed and gave birth to an inspired community which gave us a sense of empowerment. The contributions helped enhance our community by adding to its already rich history. We flourished into a thriving area while achieving our goals.

Ode to Ms. Nina Simone

The experience of making art relevant to the lives of its residents is a fine example of my achievements with “El-Views” my permanent installation for the MTA. By being inclusive during the creative process the outcome was well received. I took time to visit, photograph and interview the people living in the Bushwick area in Brooklyn. This effort lead me to capture the vibrancy of the community. The outcome produced 16 colorful vignettes of their precious daily tasks so often overlooked in the heavy demands of our city. These were transformed into dazzling glass windows later installed at Chauncey Street Station for the local residents and other commuters to enjoy.

EL-VIEWS @ the Chauncey Street Station

See more of María's work: http://www.mariadominguez.com/

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This past weekend I made another appearance on the Little Things show "Blank Canvas."  I was invited to paint paint live and painted a piece inspired on the same Guardabarranco sketch I used for my Sing for Hope Piano. We got 127k views and people were very supportive. Check it out!



Completed piece available for sale and also prints.




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Many years ago I started thinking it would be too awesome to one day see a sun painted by me on the show CBS Sunday Morning. This memorial day weekend I received word that my palette knife drawn sun has been added to their collection for use on future broadcasts. I won't know when it will be featured; but I'm humbled and honored.




Excited to see my piano be part of this. Hope you all can make it! 

 

You're Invited to The Sixth Anniversary of the Largest Annual Public Arts Project in the United States.

Sing for Hope is bringing its renowned Sing for Hope Pianos back to the streets of New York City this summer. From June 5-25, as a celebration of the work Sing for Hope does in communities year-round, 60 Sing for Hope Pianos will be placed in parks and public spaces in high traffic locations across all five boroughs in New York for anyone and everyone to play.   Jon Batiste, Sing for Hope Board Member and Late Show with Stephen Colbert Bandleader, will perform and subsequently lead the 60 pianists, seated at the Sing for Hope Pianos, in a unison rendition of Bach Prelude in C.  

WHAT: SING FOR HOPE PIANOS UNVEILING EVENT
WHEN:  Monday June 5, All-day event (Batiste performance 12PM)
WHERE: 28 Liberty Street, NY, NY
  The 2017 Sing for Hope Pianos have been designed by artists including Kate McKinnon, Roberta Flack, Billy the Artist, the Broadway casts of Aladdin, Beautiful, Cats, Chicago, Lion King, Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock, Waitress, and Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 — and many more.

The special public unveiling of all pianos will take place on June 5th at Liberty Plaza with special pop-up performances from Sing for Hope artists throughout the day-long event.   The 2017 Sing for Hope Pianos are made possible by the support of Fosun Group, 28 Liberty, and the Sing for Hope's Founders' Circle, including The Arnhold Foundation in loving memory of Sissy Arnhold, The Thea Petschek Iervolino Foundation, The Anna-Maria & Stephen Kellen Foundation, and Ann Ziff. For a full list of SFH Piano locations, visit www.singforhope.org/pianos.   zfmq_elpiano--1.jpg Piano by artist Franck de las Mercedes