Italian born Enrico David came to London to study fine art at Central Saint Martin's in the early 1990s and has lived and worked here ever since. His early practise was sculpture based, but he became prominent for his two dimensional works on canvas. David has used techniques and material rooted in craft associations, such as embroidery and wool, but the scale and subject matter of his work clearly references painting traditions. David has made bodies of work that create large-scale figurative pieces featuring highly stylised characters. These and other sculptures are often created from a process of paper collaging from magazine sources, alongside drawing. Recently his work has diversified into a range of media including fabric sculpture, furniture, and works on paper, describing a complex personal culture constructed from contemporary and historical sources. David is Lecturer in Painting at the Slade School of art in London and has exhibited in many group and solos shows internationally.

Enrico David is represented by Cabinet in London, and Galerie Daniel Bucholtz in Cologne.

Selected Exhibitions

  • 'Monuments to the USA', CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA, 2005
  • 'David - Davis - Göthe - Hernandez - Janas - Szapocznikow', Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, 2004
  • 'Dreams and Conflicts: The Dictatorship of the Viewer', La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, 2002
  • 'Cabinet', London 2002 
'The Best Book About Pessimism I Ever Read', Kunstverein Braunschweig e.V., Braunschweig, 2001
  • 'Hotel Sub Rosa' collaboration between Cabinet, London and Marc Foxx in LA
  • 'Im Wandel der Liebe zu uns selbst und des Gesichtsinns im allgemeinen' Maschenmode, Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin, 2000


  1. 27 Jul 2005
    Enrico David features in a project.