David is a multi-credentialed, cross-disciplinary artist having formal training in both fine arts (San Francisco State University – BA, Art 2008 (Focus in Education – cum laude and Hood Recipient for The College of Creative Arts) and as a performing artist (Member SAG/AFTRA, AEA).
David has used his artistic understanding to inspire and challenge young people of all backgrounds. Having worked in the private, public and non-profit sectors, David draws upon his knowledge as an artist to engage and encourage students to do their best. He has written and implemented curriculum for at-risk, underserved youth at The Children’s Center for The Arts in Pasadena, CA ( 2000-2002) , taught English through the use of Art with the Los Angeles Unified School District (1999-2001), conceived and lead self- esteem workshops at ArtShare, Los Angeles (1998 – 2001) using both theater and art making practices to enhance the confidence, communication and artistry of his students.
David was a guest lecturer at Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA) in their Program in Writing and Rhetoric 2 class “The Great and Powerful Oz: The Rhetoric of Spokespersons” speaking to classroom pedagogy, artistic process and performance techniques. (Dr. K. Tarr, 2015)
David also worked as a consultant and speaker for Marin School of the Arts in Marin, CA (2009 – 2011) in their award-winning theatre department where he co-developed Realities of the Biz seminars that advised students on “real world” processes and expectations – also supported MSA programs with consultation on performance techniques, costuming, set design, lighting and stagecraft.
David’s paintings hang in private and corporate collections around the world. He has participated in various solo and group gallery exhibitions in Los Angeles and San Francisco, most notably at The de Young Museum in San Francisco, CA where he won juried selection for A Tribute to Gilbert and George (Spring 2008), and again for Warhol and Beyond (Fall 2009). Other notable galleries and group shows include Red Poppy Gallery (SF), HangArt (SF), Gallery 440 (SF), SOMArts (SF), Circle Elephant Art (LA), Artshare (LA), SF Open Studios (2007-2016).
David took First Prize for the Precita Eyes Public Mural Contest, San Francisco, CA (2005) in which he created his mural “Lucky Charms” (with Wythe Bowrat) in Lucky Alley in San Francisco’s renowned mural laden Mission District. The mural went on to be featured twice (full and detail) in San Francisco Street Art: Mission Murualismo (Abrams, 2009) – An internationally acclaimed book documenting three decades of the artistic, social, and political forces that shaped the San Francisco street art movement. Other publications include 14 Hills Literary Magazine – Front/back covers – interior 8 page color spread. (Issue 14.1; Winter 2008)
Before committing full-time to education, David performed in theatre, television, radio and films (Equity, AFTRA and SAG member). The first stage performance was at the age of six (community theater, Detroit, MI) and much later included a year-long run in The San Jose Stage Company’s production of Angry Housewives (San Jose, CA). Notable feature film work has included: a Sundance Film Festival award winner (Dopamine, 2003); and scenes performed with Sigourney Weaver and Holly Hunter (Copycat, 1995); Eddie Murphy (Metro, 1997); and Will Smith (Pursuit of Happyness [sic], 2006). http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0798900/
500hr Yoga Training – Yoga Tree San Francisco, CA 2018
California Single Subject Teaching Credential – Art (K – 12) 2010
California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (K – 5) 2010
San Francisco State University – BA, Art (Focus in Education) 2008
-cum laude and Hood Recipient for The College of Creative Arts