Italian, born in 1966
Weird, hybrid bodies populate Enrico David's works, where human, animal and plant beings cohabit on the edge of abstraction. Drawn, painted or sculpted in the middle of transformation, the figures are, says the artist, “ ready to come into the world ”.
David depicts changing bodies with an eye close to contemporary surrealism. They are dissolving, like modern art tending towards abstraction. He draws on a wide array of techniques while maintaining a coherent visual language. To create his sculptures, he uses bronze and jesmonite, a forgotten material made of gypsum and acrylic resin.
The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago hosted a retrospective of his work in 2018 and the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden in Washington the following year. His work is being shown for the first time by the Pinault Collection at the “Untitled, 2020” show at the Punta della Dogana in Venice (2020).