Pasadena Society of Artists

David Andrés Kietzman BIO

Artist Statement:
Art making has allowed me to justify living on the streets, talking to crazy people and digging for wood in dumpsters. I design my projects to make the viewer curious about the images and how they relate to our world and their life. I use found wood as a canvas and anything including magazines and marker as my medium. My artwork ranges in size depending on the size of wood, with the found wood usually creating a natural frame around my thoughts. Imagery and inspiration for my pieces comes from a variety of places such as: old boy scout manuals, political propaganda, graffiti murals, ancient typography books and street signage. The methods behind the art making process have evolved from my background in graphic design and silk-screening.

Living aboard throughout Mexico and Central America has helped to define my art. These overseas and cultural experiences have encouraged me to voice my opinions through art on issues such as foreign policy, social ills, liberation theology and class discrimination. My artwork represents a continuous effort of innovative cultural documentation with an emphasis placed on the process and provoking the public into participating in my art. I want people to stare at my work until they get it or until they come away with a different perspective on the given subject. Within my art I attempt to tackle topics that excite the viewer, tapping into shared past experiences. With the confrontational nature of my work I hope to encourage an honest reaction and start conversations with the viewer. My pieces are intentionally simple, speaking directly to the audience using loud colors, mass culture iconography and simple compositions. I incorporate the daily interactions, needs and desires and cultural moments that make up the everyday lives of people. I believe it is important that through art the viewer is exposed to different and sometimes controversial ideas that the artist is passionate about.

Through art I hope to explore why we create different realities for ourselves, are scared to live life and how we as a people constantly disvalue ourselves. I hope that my artwork would reflect a bit of my world and perception of life with its misconceptions and miracles. On a smaller level I hope that through my designs I can help in the evolution of the viewer's worldview. On a larger scale through tackling socially aware and very personal topics I hope that my art would gradually change the world.

Group & Solo Exhibitions:
"Unheard Voices" CRA/LA Gallery, North Hollywood, CA
"Art, Music, Politics" Create Fixate Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
"Stop The Armed Forces" 2323 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

"Seven Eleven" Create Fixate Galley, Los Angeles, CA
"Birds" Cactus Gallery, Eagle Rock, CA

"Yo! What happened to Peace!", Imix Bookstore and Gallery, Eagle Rock, CA
"Power in Numbers", Nucleus Gallery, Alhambra, CA

"Miccailhuitontli - Spirit of the Children", Avenue 50 Gallery, Highland Park, CA
"Self-Portraits" Serrano Ave Gallery, Hollywood, CA*
"Saints and Sinners", The Folk Tree, Pasadena, CA

"The Body, Sexuality and Spirituality", Avenue 50 Gallery, Highland Park, CA
"Yo! What happened to Peace!", Parco Museum, Tokyo, Japan
"Individuals Seeking Others", Acorn Gallery, Highland Park, CA
"Saints and Sinners", The Folk Tree, Pasadena, CA
"Arroyo Arts Collective show", Arroyo Gallery, Highland Park, CA
"Pasadena Society of Artists", Fine Artists Factory, Pasadena, CA

"Pasadena Society of Artists", Altadena Library, Altadena, CA
"The Sum of the Parts", The Folk Tree Collection, Pasadena, CA
"Liberate Your Perception", Spring Arts Tower, Los Angeles, CA
"Yo! What happened to Peace!", Transport Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

"Diseño Social", Café Paradiso, Tegucigalpa, Honduras*

"Glued, Screwed, and Nailed", Flux Gallery, San Diego, CA
"Alpha Project", O.T.F Gallery, Lemon Grove, CA

"Time is Tight", Thee Ideal Gallery, San Diego, CA
"Unite" / M-Theory Music, San Diego, CA*
"Big Gulp" / Gallery Now, San Diego, CA
"Strength in Numbers", Apollo 13 Art Studio, San Diego, CA
"Art is Cheaper than Re-Hab", Soul Cause Gallery, San Diego, CA

"Aesthetic Evolution", Keller Gallery, San Diego, CA*
"Balancing Reality", Gallery Now, San Diego, CA*
"Change Will Come", Soul Cause Gallery, San Diego, CA
"Axis", Sushi Performance and Visual Art, San Diego, CA

* solo exhibitions

Awards & Honors:
Curatorial Projects
"Axis" (Art Director), Sushi Performance and Visual Art, San Diego, CA
"Big Gulp" (Curator), Gallery Now, San Diego, CA
"Art is Cheaper than Re-hab" (Curator), Soul Cause Gallery, San Diego, CA

Pasadena Society of Artists
Yo! What Happened to Peace
Arroyo Arts Collective
Side Street Projects
Radioactive Future Artists Collective
American Institute of Graphic Artists
Youth Speak! Collective
The California Community Technology Policy Group
Emerging Arts Leaders Los Angeles
California Hispanic Corporate Council Leadership Institute
Artists for Social Issues

Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, CA
BA, Art with an emphasis in graphic design, 2001
Teaching Credential Program, Art for Secondary Schools, 2002
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, Inner City Film Makers Program, 1997