David D’Andrade is a painter and mixed media artist living and working in Los Angeles, CA. He began his art education at Pratt Institute and continued his studies at the San Francisco Art Institute, where he received his BFA in 1994 and his MFA in Painting in 1996. During his studies at SFAI, D’Andrade received the Daler Rowny Painting Award, as well as the SFAI Graduate Merit Fellowship in 1994. D’Andrade was also the co-founder of Event 2451, an art exhibition space in San Francisco, CA.
David D’Anrdade has exhibited his work nationwide including at such venues as the Chelsea Museum if Art in New York, NY, the Sonoma Museum of Visual Art and Mesh Gallery in Santa Rosa, CA, as well as at the Artists Television Access Gallery, Muse Gallery and Walter McBean Galley in San Francisco, CA. Recently he has also exhibited his work in the Los Angeles area at such venues as the Los Angeles Art Association Gallery, MAS ATTACK in Santa Monica, CA, as well as the South Bay Contemporary Gallery in San Pedro, CA. D’Andrade has also curated exhibitions for Event 2451 in San Francisco, CA,The Sonoma Museum of Visual Art, A Street Gallery in Santa Rosa, CA, and See Line Gallery in Santa Monica, CA. D’Andrade has also received the Artslant Showcase Award in Painting in 2011 and the Juror’s Award for California Small Works for the Sonoma Museum of Visual Art in 2004.
In addition to his exhibition resume, D’Andrade has been an adjunct instructor for Sonoma State University, Napa Valley College, El Camino College, New Roads School and the New York Film Academy.
David D'Andrade Artist Statement.
My concentration consists of a hybrid process which is oriented through the practice of abstract painting, collage and drawing. Much of my work encompasses an exploration in the dichotomy of the synthetic and natural. My process begins with constructing a multitude of painterly gestures created by making transparent layers of various combinations of acrylic paint, gloss and mat glazing mediums on mylar or Yupo paper. I then cut out the forms and shapes that appeal to me and then arrange a reconfiguration of gestures, brush strokes, mark making, stains and smears by collaging and realigning these painterly motifs to a create a unique hybrid of abstraction and implied figuration. The glossy transparent surfaces refer to the superficial glow of pixelated screens and digital technologies which simultaneously coincide within the physicality of painterly Abstract Expressionist tropes. The result is often mediated as it is spontaneous. A confusion as to what is real or fake, a grappling and critique of the physicality of the organic and spontaneous vs. the synthetic artifice of digital media and technological determinism .