Art on the Corner: ‘Donatela’

‘Monarch on the Plains’ by Bud Markos

‘Distant Shores — Turbulent Waters’ by Pat Sheeran Daggett

‘Hallett’s Peak Above Dream Lake’ by Charles Morris

‘Donatela’ by Dimitry Domani of Cortez

SCULPTURE: “Donatela” is in front of Razmatazz, on the north side of the 500 block of Main Street.

ARTIST: Dimitry Domani, formerly of Santa Fe, N.M., now living in Cortez (

DESCRIPTION: The bronze sculpture is welded to a triangle shaped, three-legged, table-top base. Two sculpted hands embrace a smooth face, with the elbows resting on the tabletop. The hair is in large chunks and left rough to the touch.

INSPIRATION: Domani’s inspiration for the piece comes from Constantin Brancusi, a classic Romanian sculptor (1876–1957) whose works blended simplicity and sophistication and led the way for numerous modernist sculptors.

Domani’s father is Greek, and his mother is Italian. Domani was born and raised in Romania, where he lived 23 for years.

“I didn’t try to copy Brancusi — I was just inspired by him. His work is like ‘Donatela,’ but better than me,” Domani said. “His work was smoother. He highly polished a lot of his work — did a smoother face and hair.”

PAST ENTRIES: Domani’s first submission to the Art on the Corner exhibit was in 2008. “Billy” won second place in the People’s Choice category and is now in the permanent exhibit in the 600 block of Main Street. In 2009, he submitted “Anastasia.”


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