David Ferreira is a French painter born in 1982.
He took a few painting lessons as a child but never studied art in higher education. It is completely self-taught that the young artist is trained in creation. Influenced by his father who worked as a carpenter, David Ferreira turned to building design and began a career as a surveyor.
The drawing quickly becomes more important than the building and David Ferreira throws himself fully into the paint. His passion for geometric art and mathematics will define his art and his style. Equations with several unknowns, round and triangular square shapes, puzzles… will become his favorite motifs. From an arithmetic sign, David Ferreira brings forth a figurative painting on canvas. This is how Toto, its main protagonist, is born, straight out of the playground.
Although he draws his inspiration from science and rigour, his art is instinctive, generally starting from a task that he will develop and let live on his canvas. David Ferreira loves passion and making it felt through his works. He will let the paint overflow on the edges of the painting, revealing it in three dimensions, giving the impression that the canvas preexists the wall that supports it.
For more meticulous works, such as his works based on the famous Rubiscube game, a multicolored cube from the 80s, the artist nevertheless develops a sketch in his mind or lines that the canvas he will be able to follow to respond to the perspective requirements.
Without hesitation, the materials rub shoulders with the colors and nourish the geometric shapes. Fabric, leather or metal can support the canvas in its relief. The artist will swap the brush for a trowel, a knife or simply use his fingers if he feels like it. Very active in front of his canvas, he needs to take a step back, to let his gesture express itself and that is why he prefers large formats to small ones, giving him more freedom.
Now covered with a glossy varnish, the canvases are revealed in all their colors and movements. The visual changes as the day progresses, it sparkles. His work and his journey can recall Basquiat for certain points, a source of inspiration for David Ferreira who does not fail to refer to it in his works.
We recognize the paintings of David Ferreira by his signature, but also by his lucky number, the number 15. Having a great symbolic value for the artist and his family, it relates to happy events, and follows the artist in each of his paintings.