Working with discarded materials is my passion. It gives me the opportunity to retake elements that have been discarded and mold them into something new and beautiful. This transformation and renewal can be seen everywhere in the world around us, if we look in the right places.  Being a proactive re-creator helps me feel connected to the cycle of life, whereby the new becomes old and the old becomes new.

Many of the materials I use are items originally created of natural fibers in small, rural Guatemalan communities. Other materials are synthetic fibers that I have found in various parts of Guatemala City.  When I use folkloric materials, I pay homage to the original creators of the object, e.g. a reed mat. Rather than formal artistic training, my school has been the world around me.

“You do not have brushes", the children said.  David found that he did not need brushes for painting, though.  Instead, he used only his hands.  While rebuilding a Guatemalan school as a volunteer architect, he gave free art classes to children and teachers.  Since this experience in 2009, he has incorporated this visceral method in his formal art shows.​

David enjoys the finger painting process, sensing the textures and color on the canvas.  He might not finish until well aftermidnight. His creative process might involve an impromptu dance, song or stretch, with music setting the mood for the experience.

David is an artist by passion and architect by profession. "Since I was little, they told me that it was impossible to make a living as an artist, so I paid the bills through a ‘normal’ career, “ he said.  Today David is an architect, but it’s clear he still loves to paint.

What are the advantages to using your fingers to paint?
There are many. The first, ironically, is the downside: the small details are impossible. The fingertip is much bigger than the tip of a brush, but I've learned to accept that limitation and now, it is my best friend. The small details require a lot of time and energy of the artist, so now I am free of that restriction.

The second advantage is that I have more than one point of contact, so I can complete many strokes of paint at a time.

What is the creative process?

The ideas about painting can occur anywhere, so I always carry a camera or sketchbook. My three passions in life are Architecture, Art and Travel, which inspire new ideas to paint.

I have traveled or lived throughout Central America, Colombia, Brazil, Cuba, Spain, Germany, China, Japan, and now in US, where I have had different experiences.
There are many travel photographers and travel writers, but no traveler who paint with his fingers to portray the cultures and beauty of the land.

What would you say to artists who seek their own expression?
My main suggestion is to listen to what other people consider to be their most notable art skills. Then, focus and develop those skills and techniques. Don’t be stubborn in the belief that art is just a personal matter, open the mind to the views of others, and let go of the ego to listen and get better.

Artist | architect | designer

Trabajar con materiales de desecho es mi pasión. Me da la oportunidad de retomar elementos que han sido desechados y moldearlos en algo diferente, dándole de nuevo una utilidad. Esta transformación y renovación pueden verse por todas partes en el mundo que nos rodea, si nos fijamos en los lugares correctos. Ser un recreador proactiva me ayuda a sentirme conectado con el ciclo de la vida, por lo que lo nuevo se vuelve viejo y lo viejo se vuelve nuevo.

Muchos de los materiales que utilizo son elementos creados originalmente de fibras naturales en comunidades guatemaltecas pequeñas y rurales. Otros materiales son fibras sintéticas que he encontrado en varias partes de la ciudad de Guatemala. Cuando utilizo materiales folclóricos, rindo homenaje a los creadores originales del objeto, por ejemplo, una estera de caña. En lugar de formación artística formal, mi escuela ha sido el mundo que me rode.

"Le faltan los pinceles", dijeron los niños. David descubrió que no le hacían falta para pintar en 2009, durante un voluntariado para reconstruir la escuela de una comunidad en Guatemala. En la cual en sus tiempos libres dio clases de arte gratuitamente a niños y maestros de la aldea.

David pinta con sus dedos, sintiendo sensaciones y conexiones que las texturas formas en un determinado lienzo, en su mayoría lienzos reciclados. Y no deja de mirar el lienzo aún vacío. No se moverá de allí hasta que las pinturas o pigmentos den formas caprichosas al ritmo de sus manos, pero durante el proceso creativo bailará, cantará o se estirará, según convenga. Lo tiene todo listo, incluso en la soledad, o largas horas escuchando música , inspirado juega con los colores y texturas.

Artista de Corazón y Arquitecto de profesión. "Me dijeron muchas, muchas veces desde que era pequeño, que ganarse la vida con el arte era imposible, así que dedique mi adolescencia a estudiar una carrera”. Hoy en día sigue trabajando en Arquitectura pero la inclinación a la pintura es evidente.

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