Artist David Navas works as a motion graphics designer specializing in broadcast illustration and hand drawn animation, and as an illustrator for print and web. He paints in traditional media and does live drawing and painting with an iPad. Influenced by the graphic legacy of cultural traditions, the ephemera of daily life, street situations, light, and the story of food from around the world, David was born in Barcelona and raised to travel. He now lives with his wife and son at the intersection of Thai Town and Little Armenia in Los Angeles.
David is currently a Broadcast Designer for Mun2, the NBC/Universal channel for young Latinos, for which his work won a 2012 ProMax Award for Broadcast Illustration. As a recent Sony Artist in Residence based at the Sony Store in Century City, he was commissioned to paint digital portraits of holiday shoppers. Also in 2012, two features illustrated by David were among the eight Top Illustrated Stories on Food Republic.com, where he is a frequent contributor.
David was previously a Motion Graphics Designer for MTV. Other clients have included advertising agencies, brands and international magazines. He was an Art Director for the cult-followed Spanish-language animation network The Locomotion Channel from 2000-2005. He has published comics and artist’s books with his wife, writer Judy Cantor-Navas.
As a pioneer in the Mobile Art movement, David has participated in several exhibitions, and was a featured speaker at the Mobile Art Conference in New York. His work in various media has been shown in galleries in Barcelona, New York and Los Angeles.
David has a BFA in painting from the University of Barcelona (1995). He studied 3D Animation at the Escola Superior D’Imatge I Disseny and Painting and Printmaking at St. Martin’s in London, and has since furthered his studies with courses and workshops in animation, electronic music and storyboarding.
His current personal projects include drawing illustrated haikus in comic form, and painting a series of portraits of his son.