Meet Alexis Zambrano, the winner of Tombolo's 2022 Artist Residency Program...

Meet Alexis Zambrano

Among the nearly 200 applicants to the Tombolo Artist Residency program, we were immediately drawn to the stunning range of Alexis' work. Alexis grew up in Monterrey, Mexico, collecting art and objects; he originally trained as an architect. This eclectic background is alive in Alexis' art, from the unexpected combinations of elements and mediums to the interplay of the geometric and the organic.

One thing was clear to us. We wanted to bring his work to life in a new medium altogether: Tombolo shirts!

We made two shirts in creative partnership with Alexis.

First, the 'Alexis Zambrano x Tombolo' Martini Cabana. This is a linen shirt inspired by Zambrano's 'A Night at Bemelmans' painting-- his martini and shaker in particular. The shirt's rick-rack embroidery is a nod to the lemon twist!

This shirt is on sale online and at 208 Mott St now. There are also signed prints (1 of 25) available for purchase.

Second, 'Alexis Zambrano x Tombolo' is a limited edition made-to-order Tencel shirt. This preorder shirt's design combines digitally printed elements from two works that Alexis created for the Artist Residency, entitled “Study for Grisaille Botanical Assemblage (No. 1 and 2)" . The works themselves are for sale.

This shirt is made-to-order: the preorder window closes on Sunday, Nov 14. (The shirt will ship in February).

Alexis Zambrano's Artist Residency has culminated in an installation of his recent work in our soon-to-open flagship store in New York City.

Entitled 'Of A Concentric Nature,' the exhibition includes 15 works for sale in a space he has transformed into an immersive, multi-sensory experience. Along with his art, Zambrano filled the store with found objects he's accumulated over the years which have served as core sources of inspiration and draw from references in the work itself.

The show ran at 208 Mott St. in NYC from Friday, Nov 4 through Sunday, Nov 13.


Alexis Zambrano's work revolves around multiple converging axes: studies of space through architecture, collections of culturally rich antiques, spirituality depicted through different systems of beliefs, and the movement of objects between private and public spaces.

His works are created from pieces he has accumulated since his formative years and up to the present day rarities, art objects and unwanted antiques from dissolved heritages, obsessing over the transformation of religious objects across cultures: from temples, to exhibition rooms of iconic artworks and even images and particular moments from social networks, questioning the ways in which Western institutions commodify and colonize the sacred.

Zambrano’s recent projects include artist residencies at Mildred’s Lane in Beach Lake, Pennsylvania, US; and Palazzo Monti in Brescia, IT; “Transatlantico” a group exhibition at MANA Contemporary, Jersey City, US; “The Shape of Time” a solo exhibition at PEANA, Monterrey, MX;“Fifty Years in Hollywood” at PINTO International, Manila, PH; and “Third of All” at Gericke + Paffrath, Düsseldorf, DE. Zambrano has participated in various art fairs including Zona MACO in Mexico City, MX and The Armory Show, NY, US.



Alexis Zambrano was the winner of Tombolo's inaugural Artist Residency Program. Tombolo offered applicants a studio space in NY, a stipend, and an NYC exhibition with 0% commission alongside the opportunity to collaborate on two custom shirts: one inspired by an existing work and a second inspired by a piece created during the Residency itself.

Zambrano was chosen among nearly 200 applicants. Thanks to the enthusiastic response to the program, Tombolo will be making the Residency annual.

Learn more about the Residency and application via the link below: