David Schonhoff was born and raised in the beautiful county of San Diego, California. After moving to Ventura, CA in 2008, he attended California State University of Channel Islands where he received a Bachelor in Studio Art. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles and finds the diversity of the city to be his main source of inspiration. The imagery in his paintings are intended to be universally understood, surpassing the differences created by culture, race, religion, age, and language.
“I believe that all people are connected whether we realize it or not. We all work together towards a common goal of happiness. The world is extremely culturally diverse, especially here in Los Angeles where I live and work, and I find the city and its people to be very inspiring. If we slow down and observe what’s going on around us, then we are able to have a better understanding of our connection with others.
The colorful faces and symbolic icons in some of my paintings that flood the canvas represent this cultural diversity, and are blended throughout an overall theme and message that I am trying to convey. I always take random spins off of my work at times and I’m constantly experimenting with my paintings and subject matter all of the time. All of my paintings tell some type of story, and I intend to challenge my audience to look at my art and be inspired, and open their minds so that they may see others with a different understanding. I’m hoping that my work will bring a sense of peace and happiness to people.”