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David de la Mano

David de la Mano was born in Salamanca in 1975, where he graduated in Fine Arts before focussing on Public Art for his PhD at the University of Valencia.

From 1993 onward, de la Mano has worked extensively in urban public space, and developed his trademark style during numerous international projects. With his original training in sculpture, he has focused his interest on public art, to which he has naturally and immediately integrated urban art.

Relying predominantly on harsh contrasts of black and white, his reductive and increasingly emblematic paintings centre around narrative and symbolic figuration. He is known for his meticulous brushwork, his knack for large scale, almost systematic use of black and white, and his minimalist human silhouettes.

His work is made up of characters taken from great poetry that do not leave anyone indifferent. Through each piece, he works to transcribe his vision of the world around him, in the most personal and symbolic way possible. Between shadow and light, playing with shapes, contours and contrasts, David de la Mano gives birth to a world of perfect balance, where human beings and nature, always intrinsically linked, merge and then stand out, in perpetual motion. In addition, it stands out for its exploration of new spaces, supports and materials such as open or invisible spaces, permanent and ephemeral supports, and diverse materials such as urban furniture, or elements of nature.