Dominic Cappello grew up in Orange County, California and started cartooning at age 10 when his father gave him a series of How-to-Cartoon booklets, a stack of paper and colored pens. His primary influences, discovered in his teens, have been the illustrators Jules Feiffer and Ralph Steadman. He earned college tuition through a day job as Captain Hook at Disneyland, cementing his love for cartoon characters.
During his graduate program at Stockholm University, Cappello started experimenting with serigraphs focused on the immigrant experience in Sweden. After long stints in San Francisco and Seattle, he moved to New York City to write and illustrate books, as well as script and direct the animated social satire Not Brain Surgery.
Cappello received national attention when his illustrated book series Ten Talks (Hyperion) was featured on Oprah (watch it below), catapulting Ten Talks to the NY Times bestseller list. He was featured on The Today Show, ABC News, NBC News, and CNN.
Cappello now resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, his distinctive illustrations populating posters, books, e-magazines, political campaigns, and learning management systems. He is also the curator of TEDxAcequiaMadre in Santa Fe. When not sketching, designing, and consulting, he ponders what New Mexico would look like run by a Gov. Dom (or run by a masked wrestling revolutionary).
You are invited to Studiolo—Italian for the little study—Dominic Cappello’s live-work studio at the El Zaguán Artist Residency program in Santa Fe. Studiolo is nestled among 100 world class art galleries on historic Canyon Road in a county where one in four youth live in poverty. Life in the city different is never uneventful nor lacking inspiration for engagement.
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