Delfina Zapata

Delfina Zapata

Visual Artist

October 21, 2015



What are you currently working on?:

A few things at once, some that have been left unfinished. Mainly I've been painting on shoes and I quite enjoy it.


Living in Toledo is an advantage for your work because:

It's an advantage because of the education I received at the University of Toledo CVA. It's quite a privilege to have access to the TMA. Also we are so close to the DIA , Chicago, and other various museums and cities to study, so Toledo's location is prime.


One of your greatest successes:

I consider my latest mural near the farmer's market my latest and greatest success. It's the largest piece that I have taken on.


What inspires you?:

Great music, great art, other creative minds, etc.


About your background:

Mexican American, Native Toledoan, mother of two — my mother, sister, and daughter (age 10) are also artists.

A favorite quote you try to live by?:

"I know now that he who hopes to be universal in his art must plant in his own soil. Great art is like a tree, which grows in a particular place and has a trunk, leaves, blossoms, boughs, fruit, and roots of its own. The more native art is, the more it belongs to the entire world, because taste is rooted in nature. When art is true, it is one with nature. This is the secret of primitive art and also of the art of the masters—Michelangelo, Cézanne, Seurat, and Renoir. The secret of my best work is that it is Mexican."  — Diego Rivera

What's your favorite local culture in Toledo?:

My culture! (Singing like Cheech Marin) "Mexicannn Americannn..."


Toledo’s ‘best-kept secret’ is:

The taco trucks we have around town. Yum! Now those are real tacos!


Your favorite place to chill locally:


Favorite natural space in Toledo

The Toledo Botanical Garden. 


When not working hard, you can be found:

Hanging with the family or friends, relaxing and having some drinks, and/or making art.


If you could change the current landscape for creative progressive people in Toledo:

I would designate an area of downtown for creatives, more art studios, galleries, shops, restaurants, bakeries, clubs that support live music and poets.


One person (living or deceased) you’d like to collaborate with:

Frida Kahlo, of course!


An album, book or website you can’t live without:

Any book with the art and bio of Frida, Los tres grandes (Rivera, Siqueros, and Orozco), and also Gustav Klimt.


Three words that best describe you and/or your work:

Colorful, Mexican, feminine but strong


What is your biggest vice?:

Reese's Cups


I’d like to see _____ in Toledo:

More progressive thinkers.


The last dream you recall:

A very long dream involving a purse, money, checks, and my deceased grandmother. It left me feeling good.


My most inspiring moment is/was:

I have Lupus, so I seek inspiration everyday to keep me going, although my daughter is what inspires me most.


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