David DeFelice paints dense figure based abstractions, finding inspiration in the process driven Bay Area Figurative and Abstract Expressionist movements. Each painting spawns from a reference image or photograph, which acts as the catalyst for the artist's process. DeFelice layers thin washes of oil paint followed by thick brush strokes, while intuitively subtracting from the surface with scratches and scrapes. Recognizable shapes of figure, landscape or object are integrated with these abstract swaths until his compositions achieve balance and echo the energy generated by his process.
DeFelice received his bachelor of fine arts from Concordia University in Irvine, California. In 2010 he earned a master of fine arts from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. The artist continues to live and work in San Francisco.