David Heshmatpour

Dave is from Effingham, Illinois – the home of America’s second-largest cross.

The son of a Persian surgeon and a child of the Iranian Diaspora, Dave is a multidisciplinary visual artist working in painting, sculpture, drawing, and digital photography, exploring narrative, ambiguity, symbolism, and the poetry of color and light. Being of two cultures in conflict, his work focuses on the search for self, institutional oppression, reconciliation, and the ongoing convergence of digital spaces with material reality as the landscapes we inhabit and learn to navigate in order to survive.

He gained a degree in Applied Science, specializing in welding technology, before graduating with a BFA in painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 2020.

He lives and works alongside his very good dog Ruskin in Philadelphia.