New representation! David Dellagi


New represented artist: David Dellagi

We are pleased to introduce the gallery's new represented artist: David Dellagi. David Dellagi was born in 1970 in Copenhagen where he lives and works as a visual artist. Between 1997 and 1992 he trained with the multifaceted Lithuanian painter Evgenii Brukman, precursor of a new direction in three-dimensional, volumetric and transparent painting. Having explored various artistic media such as painting, sculpture, animation and film, Dellagi's work today focuses on the concretization of collage through the pictorial medium.

"I like to think of my paintings as reminiscent of the magic kaleidoscopes of my childhood. I would hold the kaleidoscope up to my eyes and, by twisting the end of the tube, transform the vision into magical motifs of light, color and shape."

David Dellagi's practice is primarily aimed at sculpting with light and color to create a dynamic, three-dimensional abstract universe that has some optical connection to figuration. Through the intricate combinations of geometric polygons the artist explores the notion of dynamism on canvas. The starting point of each painting is always the creation of an analog collage that the artist subsequently manipulates through various digital and painterly processes.  - "I do not create a world out of nothing, but - following the possibilities of collage - I recombine already existing elements in new ways and in new and unexpected ways. This gives me the opportunity to incorporate a layered visual multiverse of cultural and historical references that are not always obvious on the surface, but exist within each painting, like secrets for the viewer to discover."
Member of the BKF (Danish Visual Artists) and the Danske Grafikere (Danish Graphics Association), David Dellagi has taught at the Københavns Kunstskole in Copenhagen and the Rudersdal Billedskole in Rudersdal as well as being an occasional guest lecturer at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and the Bjørn Ignatius Øckenholts Billedskole. In 2019 the film magazine Balthazar art published his article "The independent filmmaker and the institution - The myth about Harry Smith". Between 2014 and 2015 he co-directed with Adam Fenton two curatorial projects called Reality Hype Phase I: Mr. Banks Has a Mental Breakdown and Reality Hype Phase II: The Hitchhiker's Guide to Reality.
His solo exhibitions in Copenhagen (Denmark) include Recent Paintings (2022) at Galleri Benoni, Apollo (2022) at The Social Space, David Dellagi (2020) at Politikens Boghal, Closed on Mondays (2018) at CGK Centre for Contemporary Art, Carnivore (2013) at Danish Graphics Association and The Umbilical Eye ( 2012) at Marie Kirkegaard Gallery. Abroad Inner Beauty (2015) at the No Format Contemporary Visual Art Gallery in London. In 2023, La Galeria Victor Lope will organize the artist's first solo exhibition in Spain. Dellagi has participated in numerous group exhibitions in different galleries and international institutions such as the Milk Gallery in New York, the London galleries Apiary Gallery and Art Hub Gallery, the Metropolitan Casino in Mexico City, and the Circus Gallery in Los Angeles.