David Taveras

David Taveras is an artist who was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, the 27th of September of 1975.

He graduated from the National University of Santo Domingo in Graphic Design and Advertising.
Taveras also received an Associate Degree in Digital Media Arts from TCI College in New York, where he lived from 2004 to 2007.

Taveras has dedicated his life to painting, first as an amateur artist and later as a professional. Taveras has also acquired different techniques and textures by experimenting as an autodidact artist.

Taveras notes some of his early influences as Julian Schnabel, Antoni Gaudí, Pablo Picasso and Ramon Oviedo, all masters of painting and from whom he learned how to experiment with color and shapes in a truly contemporary composition. Taveras has a free style in his art that sometimes cannot be compared to other artists.

Taveras has exhibited in collective shows in Dominican Republic. His first exhibition was a photography selection for the collection of Hotel Cariatires, in Puerto Plata in 1997.  He also participated in a collective exhibition at the University of Santo Domingo in the category of Experimental Photography in 1997.

A year later, in 1998, Taveras won the contest to illustrate all the graphic material to promote the series of Concerts of Indigenous Music from the Cultural Institute of Bayahonda, in Dominican Republic. In 1999, Taveras illustrated, as well, the main poster that promoted the Jazz Festival of Cavarete, in Santo Domingo.
Later, in 2000, Taveras won a place to exhibit as a foreign artist in the category of painting at the Art Festival of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

His relation with artists around the world grew in the next years, something that brought Taveras to participate in a collective show in the category of painting at the Centro Cultural Borges, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, before he moved to the United States in 2004.

Taveras settled in New York, first, where he interacted with other artist in various disciplines. Thereafter, in 2005 he was invited to participate of the Collective Show organized by the City of Jersey City, in New Jersey, in the category of ‘Revelation Artist’.

In 2006, the same city invited him again to exhibit in the City Hall in a collective exhibition. The following year Taveras got outstanding reviews from local magazines such as NEW, a publication specializing in Art.
The same year, 2007, Taveras exhibited his paintings in a collective show in Brooklyn, organized by the Underground Foundation of Art.

After some years of experiencing life and art in the Big Apple, Taveras decided to explore the art scene of the West Coast and moved to California.

In October of 2007 he was invited to participate in a collective show organized by the Monrovia Cultural Affairs Office and lastly, in 2008, Taveras was one of the artists selected to portray violence against women on the canvas, in a show organized by Amnesty International, in Los Angeles.

Since 1996, David Taveras has also worked as a freelancer and creative consultant in advertising campaigns for international and public firms in Dominic Republic and the US.

He currently resides in Pasadena, California, where he continues painting in his studio and shows exclusively at Frederic Stern Gallery.


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