Born 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.
hile 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 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.
Represented by his Irish gallery, Sol Art Gallery, Duda’s most recent body of work was shown as a solo exhibition in Dublin in a show entitled ‘Belles & Whistles’, which was opened by music legend Kevin Godley of 10cc in May 2016. Speaking at the show Sol Art Director Martin Davis, said; “We are extremely excited to be showcasing this new body of work by Duda. A rising star in the Irish art world we find his work to be both intriguing and provocative. The strength of his graphic lines and bold colouring make the most simple images become beautiful, and his messages are strong, direct and refreshing. We are honoured to be representing such unique talent at this pivotal moment in his career.”
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 earlier this year, 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. His next solo show will be in his Irish gallery, Sol Art Gallery on Dublin’s Dawson St. on Thursday 30th November.