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Epcot International Festival of the Arts Artist Profile — Dom Corona

–Tiera Tanner, WDW Radio Team

Pluto’s Pup Cup, 24×24”, acrylic on canvas, Dom Corona for Disney Fine Art

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Dom Corona visited Walt Disney World as a young boy and dreamed of his future as a Disney artist. Corona’s dreams were realized as he painted his way through his first Epcot International Festival of the Arts as an official Disney Fine Artist. 

“I’ve been painting my whole life and my love for Disney has grown with me,” he said. “I’ve known about the Festival since its start and have been attending as a guest for years.”

Corona’s cast of colorful paintings represents some of his favorite Disney characters and were inspired by the joy surrounding him. Corona’s prolific portfolio graced the walls of the Promenade Gallery at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort as he live-painted on his easel during the Festival.

“I draw my inspiration from everything that makes me smile in the world around me,” he explained. “Most of all, I’m inspired by seeing how happy my work makes viewers feel!”

A pastel palette, lively brushstrokes, and dynamic characters radiate throughout his collection of work, including a new piece, “Pluto’s Pup Cup.” In this square, acrylic on canvas artwork, Mickey’s loyal and jolly pup, Pluto, perks his head from the right of the canvas as his extended tongue laps drips of pink ice cream melting from Mickey’s outstretched hand. Bold, yellow brushstrokes beam from the ice cream matching Pluto’s fur and happy demeanor. Tones of teal wash through the background and into the shadows of the characters as square brushstrokes break through the foreground to create intense highlights and pops of impasto color. 

“Thinking about all of my recent pieces, my favorite that I’ve completed recently would be “Pluto’s Pup Cup,” Corona reflected. “I think it’s a great representation of myself as an artist and the fun/joyous vibe I try to capture in my work.”

Corona encouraged upcoming artists to “keep painting and try as many new techniques, colors, styles, as you can.”

To learn more about Corona’s art work and painting process, follow his Instagram @domcorona. View his Disney Fine Art at the Promenade Art Gallery and in galleries across Walt Disney World.