David Iacovazzi-Pau was born in Luxembourg and studied art in Belgium before moving to the U. S. While growing up, he traveled around Europe, North Africa and the U.S. This early exposure to different cultures and landscapes prompted Iacovazzi-Pau’s continuing interests in people, diversity and community. When describing his process he states, “People act as an impetus for me to paint and their diversity as well as their passion stimulates my curiosity.”
His work focuses on the human figure and is a visual diary of the people he encounters. His subjects vary in social and cultural background. They celebrate his community and reflect his social concern. David begins by taking multiple photographs of his sitters, then uses the photographs to create several drawings which become the source material for the paintings. The final result is an impression of an individual and is representative of his vision.
Iacovazzi-Pau's series reveal different aspects of the sitters and the link between their physical appearance and personality. “My aim is to portray idiosyncrasies and evoke the mood of the subject in order for the portrait to have an accurate likeness and affect. The work represents what I sense about a person and is a documentation of my community."