David Iacovazzi-Pau was born in Luxembourg and studied art in Belgium before moving to the United States. 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. His paintings where memory, reality and subjectivity converge are a visual diary. They examine space, mood, and the diversity found in the people or places he encounters.
“I'd like for my paintings to give an experience beyond the visual. A mood and a feeling upon looking at my work is what I hope for the viewer to perceive. My process starts by experiencing a singular and emotive moment in time, strong enough to have an impact and become personal. I crystallize this intimate emotion in my mind and photograph the scene so that I can come back to it later in my studio. I then reformulate the colors, composition, and light to render the feeling of that moment. Rather than planning out the entire painting, I leave myself as open as I can to experience the process and see where it takes me.”
His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally such as: Huntsville Museum of Art, AL; Evansville Museum of Art, IN; Carnegie Center for Art & History, New Albany, IN; KMAC Museum, Louisville, KY, Contemporary Arts Center in Las Vegas, NV; and Bowery Gallery, New York, NY. His work is represented in private and public collections such as Indiana University Southeast, William F. Ekstrom Library Collections at the University of Louisville, and Kentucky Center for African American Heritage in Louisville, KY. His paintings have been the subject of a catalog publication published by Old Stone Press on the occasion of his traveling exhibition, "David Iacovazzi-Pau: Paintings & Works on Paper". He currently lives and works in Louisville, Kentucky.
Photo by Michael Brohm © 2015