David Antonio Cruz

David Antonio Cruz uses painting and performance to explore the visibility and intersectionality of brown, black, and queer bodies. Cruz is a professor at the SMFA at Tufts University. He has exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, National Portrait Gallery, and was awarded the Joan Mitchell Painting and Sculptor Grant. He received his MFA from Yale University.

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David Antonio's Upcoming Workshops

  • III

    Level III

    Students have formal training in critical issues of 2-­D art making, experience with public critiques and a solid portfolio of their artwork.

Aug 7 - 11, 2023

Creating Symbols and Narrative in Painting

David Antonio Cruz

Tuition $1,195
Code D1018-23

This workshop explores the fundamental properties of symbolism and developing narrative within paintings to convey imagery through the lens of radical and historical gestures and signifiers. We examine the figure in painting, photography, art history, and literature and use these examples as sources for live model sessions, studio practice, and discussions. Students work on self-directed projects but are also prompted with exercises and ideas to consider. They participate in one-on-one and group discussions and individual critiques with the instructor. Students are asked to be actively involved in a dialog to discuss and develop their research, methods, and practice.

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