Artist Conversation – David de Santis 

Name: David de Santis 

Exhibit: Day Dreamer

Media: Screenprint, Lithography

Gallery: CSULB School of Art

Instagram: @rapturefineart

About the Artist:

David de Santis is a fourth year undergraduate at CSULB. He is currently majoring in printmaking, graduating with a BFA. Along with going to school, he is also working around 60-70 hours per week, so his schedule is very condensed. His main goal is to fund his own art and establish himself as a fine artist. A lot of his art is inspired by dubstep, which is his favorite genre of music to listen to. During his free time, David likes to snowboard, play pool, and also go to music festivals. He considers himself somewhat of an adrenaline junky.

Formal Analysis:

From David’s exhibit, it seems his art is somewhat dark and very obscure, you can see images within his art but they are not blatant like other works of art; this makes his art look very unique and is enjoyable to observe.  Some of his works of art also look quite rough and jagged, but I like the way he was able to ustilize this to make his art stand out. 

Content Analysis:

While speaking with David, he said that through his art he wants to explore creativity and show fluid abstract expressionism, which I feel he was able to do successfully. He also went on to say his art is driven by some emotional experience he’s been through, whether it be positive, negative, or neither. 

Synthesis/My Experience

Looking at David’s exhibit, I tried to figure out what he was trying to portray through his art and after speaking to him, it became much more clear and I was able to go back and look at his art again and appreciate it that much more. Overall, this was one of the more interesting exhibits I have been able to observe because the images were so familiar but at the same time they had some sort of mystery behind it. 

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