Davo

Davo

      Born in Los Angeles in 1950, Miguel Davo found that early in his career and studies he was strongly influenced in his works by renowned artists including Van Gogh, Gauguin and Chagall. In 1969, he moved to Carmel, California and lived with the granddaughter of famous American photographer Edward Weston. For four years he put down his paint brush and picked up a view camera and tripod and followed in the footsteps of Brett Weston and Ansel Adams around Carmel and Big Sur.

     He first came to Maui in 1973 and toured the South Pacific Islands, living what he calls an "au Gauguinesque style of life and painting." Later, after spending time in New York's Soho district, Davo met many artists and influential people in the international art scene including Andy Warhol. It was while visiting "The Factory" - Warhol's studio- and meeting and talking with Warhol himself that Davo decided Pop-Art was a style most suited to his personality and life style.

     He describes his work as neo-pop expressionism. His favorite subjects are modern icons, including Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, The Beatles and Albert Einstein. His primary technique is serigraphy. He also creates densely layered assemblages and collages. He has an unmistakable talent for juxtaposing images, color and materials as diverse as wood, plastic, metal and glass along with paint. His art has a kaleidoscopic character and he delivers his neo-pop message with a wallop. As one art critic has said of his work, "his meandering through subjects, styles, mediums, formats and sizes maintains a unique and graceful balance."