The Mona Lisa is widely considered, the most recognizable painting of all time. The Renaissance masterpiece by Leonardo Da Vinci represents female beauty at that time. Shaping ideals of feminine physical beauty have shifted markedly and David X with this piece wants to challenge it. It bears noting that if art holds a mirror up to culture, it has with rare exception failed to reflect a manifestation of female beauty.
Similar to Da Vinci’s technique, David X muted the beautiful landscape from the vibrant lightness of the subject’s face and body.
David X is a mixed media contemporary artist who creates striking paintings fusing Eastern and Western artistic traditions. David X started studying art when he was 7 at after-school art classes with peers nearly 3 times his age. This experience kick-started the mental and physical database of references that he continues to draw on for his paintings today.
David X was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2002 but was given life through a successful bone marrow transplant. In 2017, doctors detected a recurrence which left him with less than one year to live. David X felt compelled to create 365 inspirational paintings during the last year of his life. When tests eventually revealed that leukaemia had not returned, and his life was no longer threatened, he challenged himself to continue the paintings to fulfill his dream and inspire hope. His works are mainly portrait paintings of well-known figures, both historic and contemporary.
"The stars will never be won by little minds; we must be big as space itself.Robert A. Heinlein