In his candid renderings, David DeRosa captures the essence of his subjects by using Instant recognition, visual stereotypes, color theory and the push and pull of positive/negative spaces. In his figurative works, David zeros in on the specific and subtle gestures unique to each character. He presents the gesture as an emblem of that person's connection to the world. For the viewer, the product of his careful renderings is a high-impact, immediate relationship with his audience.
In his young, nomadic life, the artist has lived in many places across the continent, a fact that may contribute to his ability to capture personalities with both insight and precision.
"I have this lofty goal to help people's perception of themselves and the world around them," David says. "It's like a ministry. I want to show them that who and what they are is beautiful, regardless of social standards." He sees his portraiture as a tool for deprogramming the "Calvin Klein" image.
When approaching his subject, David emulates Rodin's ability to capture the ethos of a person before revealing the form. "My slant is to get inside the person," he says. "To find out who they are when no one is looking, and to use a specific quirk that captures it."
He also feels that art shouldn't require an explanation or disclaimer from the artist. "It must be able to stand alone and evoke some sort of reaction from the viewer, to be successful." Using color and design as his primary tools - though purposefully vague - he urges the viewer to see his intent but delights in the fact that everyone gets something different.