Istvan David (1982), born in Romania, of Hungarian origin, received his MFA from the Art and Design University of Cluj-Napoca; department of Painting.
After exploring into drawing, painting and stencils he devoted himself to digital medium and discovered a new and influential tool, the illustration. In 2010, in Ljubljana, he began a three-year co-operation with the cult Slovene magazine Tribuna, where his socially-responsible, philosophical, political and provocative illustrations and graphic works found their proper place.
During the time of this co-operation, Tribuna received 5 awards for the visual image, amongst others in 2010 he also received the Silver Bra for the artist’s Pavlov Dogs animation, at the Magdalena festival in Maribor.
Also received a Certificate of Typographic excellence for being part of the Annual Type Directors Club Exhibition for 2014 with Tribuna Newspaper from TDC (Type Directors Club) New York.
His illustrations were represented at Moderna Galerija (Museum of Modern Art) ,Ljubljana in 2015, within the “Tribuna; a nice newspaper” exhibition and the exhibition “Newspapers are Dead, Long Live Newspapers! Tribuna 2009-2013” (Novine su mrtve, živele novine!” Tribuna 2009-2013) at the G 12 HUB gallery in Belgrade in 2013 as well as in 2011 at the 5th Biennial of Slovene visual communications.
Other important co-operations include the magazines Emzin and Razpotja, the newspaper supplement Objektiv and the publishing house Mladinska knjiga.
In his attempt to connect his artwork with gallery spaces, he has discovered infinite creative possibilities to experiment in the collage technique and continues to explore the painting, drawing and print mediums.
In the last five years he took part in three solo exhibitions at the Alkatraz Gallery, Ljubljana; the Centre for Sonoric Arts at Vodnikova domačija, Ljubljana (together with Colin Black); the Gallery Stolpa Škrlovec, Kranj, as well as numerous group exhibitions e.g. the International Comics festival, Belgrade; the Ernst Hilger Gallery, Vienna; Anaid Gallery, Bucareste, the Ptuj Ormož Regional Museum; K. O. K. E. M. Contemporary Art Museum and Gallery, Miercurea Ciuc, Romania; H’art Gallery, Bucharest … )
He is represented by Umer Artist Agency for illustration in Slovenia, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Croatia.