Born in London in 1980, Irish-Italian artist David Uda (Duda) now lives and works between Dublin and New York. With a background in fashion and a love for the aesthetics of shape and form, Duda’s pieces are colorful and naturally rendered. Many of Duda’s paintings can be characterized by his appreciation for beauty, combined with his own take on modern day life & pop culture. Duda uses mixed media throughout his work and is known for exploring a wide variety of techniques, ranging from original stencil compositions to glasswork.
While Duda only started painting seriously in 2009, it hasn’t stopped him from showing and selling his work in major cities all over the world, namely London, Dublin, Hong Kong, Singapore, Stockholm, Bristol, South Korea, Chicago, Miami and New York. In 2013, Duda was selected by The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation to be amongst Ireland’s top 30 artists as part of The Big Egg Hunt Event. Sponsored by Brown Thomas, Duda’s work went on to raise €10,000 at live auction for the children’s charity. Following this success, Duda spent several months in New York where he received multiple requests for commissions by several well-renowned establishments in the City’s Financial District.
More recently Duda has held three solo shows between Dublin and New York, as well as various group shows all over the world. Speaking at the opening of Duda’s last solo show, ‘Breakfast Epiphanies’, Sol Art Director Martin Davis, said; “Duda is going from strength to strength. Whether it’s in the prestigious gallery in the new World Trade Centre in New York or at an international art fair in Chicago or Hong Kong, people recognize the original response to life in Duda’s work, and go away feeling animated and energized by his vibrant creations.”
Duda is represented in the U.S. by The World Trade Gallery in New York City, who, alongside Silverstein Properties invited Duda to be one of 33 internationally renowned artists involved in an exciting project in 4 World Trade Centre, launched in early 2017, receiving widespread coverage and praise for his work including The New York Times, Forbes, ABC News, The Irish Times amongst many others. Duda continues to catch the eye of collectors internationally with his unique style of contemporary pop art, while adding to his ever-growing portfolio with personal collections for upcoming exhibitions and bespoke commissions for admirers of his work. Duda’s most recent body of work will be exhibited at solo shows in Dublin and Los Angeles, September/October 2019.