About David

David Iacovazzi-Pau was born in Luxembourg and studied art in Belgium before moving to the U. S. While growing up, he traveled around Europe, North Africa and the U.S. This early exposure to different cultures and landscapes prompted Iacovazzi-Pau’s continuing interests in people, diversity and community.  When describing his process he states,  “People act as an impetus for me to paint and their diversity as well as their passion stimulates my curiosity.”  

His work focuses on the human figure and is a visual diary of the people he encounters. His subjects vary in social and cultural background. They celebrate his community and reflect his social concern. David begins by taking multiple photographs of his sitters, then uses the photographs to create several drawings which become the source material for the paintings. The final result is an impression of an individual and is representative of his vision. 
Iacovazzi-Pau's series reveal different aspects of the sitters and the link between their physical appearance and personality. “My aim is to portray idiosyncrasies and evoke the mood of the subject in order for the portrait to have an accurate likeness and affect. The work represents what I sense about a person and is a documentation of my community." 

Our Interview with David:

LAL: What is your preferred media?

Iacovazzi-Pau: Oil paint because of its supple malleability and durability.

LAL: Do you have any recurring themes?

Iacovazzi-Pau: People in my community involved in one way or another with art. There's also a recurring color, blue.

LAL: What style of representation do you mostly work in?

Iacovazzi-Pau: I'm a realist since my work makes a direct reference to an existing element of reality. I use it in a manner to portray and interpret how I see and feel people around me. Because portraits require some discernible connection between the visible image and the person portrayed in order to legitimize the analogy, some degree of resemblance is required, however imagined. Walking this fine line interests me. 

LAL: How has your work evolved into what you currently do today?

Iacovazzi-Pau: In the past I painted abstract work and landscape but portraits always pervaded.

 LAL: How do you want to influence the communities in which you live and work with your pieces? Vice versa?

Iacovazzi-Pau: I paint for myself first and if my work has a positive or progressive effect on the community because of its content and interpretation then it's a plus. A while back I was part of a group show titled, “Held from Beneath: An Exploration of Cultural Sustainability” curated by Karen Gillenwater which featured, visual art, poetry, music and performance that explore the concept of cultural sustainability. The community response was very engaging as they learned about sustainability through art. Painting people as I do highlights the different experiences and exchanges between me and my community. 

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