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It’s a beautiful image, but it’s largely associated with deeply anti-democratic forces and sentiments—forces that believe that human beings need controlling. Chapter 19 of the Tao Te Ching, on the other hand (the passage on the inside of the composition) is an optimistic read of the nature of human beings—one that lends itself very well to the philosophies at the core of democracy. Trusting in the goodness and order inside people often produces order. This is what the American founding fathers and those of the French revolution believed.
Chapter 21 of the Tao Te Ching wraps around the perimeter of the piece.
Stay centered and move toward the best version of yourself residing inside.
American Contemporary Artist based in Denver, Colorado, whose detailed and intricate work encompasses collage, painting, print making, sculpture, film making and more. A major up and coming artist, Zupa's themes draw from world cultures and iconographies, mythologies, vintage print, Renaissance woodcuts, Pop Culture and literary references to create eclectic, ornate and politically charged artworks. The result is an artwork that uses images, spirituality and revolution from around the Globe in the search of a Universal expression through design, pattern and evocative forms.
The celebration of the most ancient ways of making art are also present - each and every image contained in Zupa's work is drawn by himself by hand, and with his appreciation of the original Flemish woodcut artists of the Renaissance comes a love of original printmaking.
Zupa has collaborated with Shepard Fairey and Obey as part of the Obey Artist Series, and produced poster artwork for the bands Pearl Jam and The Pixies. Zupa also collaborates on works with his artist wife, Arna Miller.