David Datuna (b. 1974) is a Georgian born American artist. Datuna offers us a distinct viewpoint on national identity: a view from within and without. Like Jasper Johns and other Pop artists before him, Datuna re-imagines potent national symbols as art and artifact. His work is a melting pot made visual.
Datuna’s work includes a series of fashion icons from Chanel, Louis Vuitton to Versace and others from the world of couture. He embodies the logos with iconic underlying images epitomizing the history of the brand, and designers such as Coco Chanel, the philosophy of constructive quality from LVMH or the family legacy of Versace, each cultivates the pedigree projected. Datuna’s collection of portraits most recently exhibited include: Pablo Picasso, Audrey Hepburn, Steve Jobs, Mick Jagger, Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin, Marilyn Monroe and others.
The artist now lives and works in Brooklyn, the home of his bustling 10,000 square foot studio. His work has been exhibited extensively, including shows in Europe, Russia, China and the United States, museums including the Mystetskyi Arsenal Museum in Ukraine, the Russian Museum of Ukraine, and the National Art Museum of Ukraine, and his work is in the permanent collection of the MOMA in Moscow. He had his first exhibit in the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian in 2014.