D. Dominick Lombardi

The Park Is Empty
15″x18″; acrylic, gesso, vintage newspaper and oil on wood; 1988

D. Dominick Lombardi
Valhalla, New York, USA


My fascination with collage began in the mid-1980s, when I began looking more intensely at the art of World War I, especially the work of Raoul Hausmann and Hannah Höch. At first, the work I created in the late 1980s was assemblage with elements of collage. In 1990, I spent a month in Europe visiting Holland, Germany and Italy. At that time I collected portions of posted bills and created a number of works that were purposefully kitschy, using the street performer, still life or non-representational compositions as my theme. From 1995-1998, I returned to a more socio-political bent with works that utilized layers of newspaper, book or magazine pages adhered to wood panels or Plexiglas that were later torn or eroded away to reveal some or all of the underside text and images. There were also painted elements with these Reverse Collages, placing them within a Modern or Contemporary aesthetic.

In 2008, I had a one-person show in the Chiba section of Tokyo. While there, I took a number of photographs that would later be digitally collaged with India ink drawings of heads from “The Post Apocalyptic” series. These works are collectively titled Tattooed Tokyo. In 2017, I painted over full pages from a 1960s magazine called Holiday to portray Carl Jung’s concept of the Collective Unconscious. Today, the collage elements became a “sticker” facsimile that is attached to “adjusted” vintage record album covers or placed atop mixed media sculptures representing my fascination with the urban sticker craze.


D. Dominick Lombardi (b. 1954, Bronx, New York) is a painter, sculptor, collage and mixed media artist as well as an art writer and curator. One constant in his work over the past 30 years is the repurposing of discarded or forgotten materials. With collage, Lombardi often utilizes old newspapers and magazines that have crossed his path decades earlier as a way of revisiting local and global content. Currently, the collage element in his sculptures and mixed media work is his ink drawings that he cuts out and makes into “stickers” in order to attach them to vintage record album covers and mixed media sculptures. He currently has representation with the Kim Foster Gallery in New York City and Prince Gallery CPH in Copenhagen, Denmark. Feature articles and reviews of his art have appeared in Sculpture magazine, WHITEHOT (Canada), ARTES magazine, ARTnews, The New York Times, O2magazine (China), Post Road Magazine, NY ART BEAT, The M Magazine, Time Out New York, Skin & Ink, Art New England, San Antonio Express, Art in Culture (South Korea), ZING magazine, THE NEW YORK GAHO (Japan), Poetry and Thought (Japan), ANIMALmagazine, d’ART (Canada) and culturecatch.com.

Lombardi’s recent one-person exhibitions have been held in the following institutions: Hampden Gallery, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 2017; Prince Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2016; Project Space: Kim Foster Gallery, New York City, 2010; Central Gallery, University of Massachusetts-Amherst 2010; Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, Connecticut, 2009; Gallery Milieu, Tokyo, 2008; ADA Gallery, Richmond, Virginia, 2008; Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, San Antonio, Texas, 2008.


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Reverse Collage #26
24.5″x41.5″; acrylic and transferred vintage magazine ink and pages on Plexiglas; 1997

Tattooed Tokyo #15
24″x18″; digital collage, archival pigment print; edition of 15; 2009

12.5″x12.5″; collaged ink on paper and acrylic on album cover; 2018

12.5″x12.5″; collaged ink on paper and acrylic on album cover; 201