Chinese-born DALeast is easily one of the most prolific street artists of our time, as well as an accomplished painter, sculptor, and digital artist.
The dark imagery found in DALeast’s art is undeniably captivating, woven with intricate detail while focusing on the simple subjects inhis pieces. Each ofhis pieces of art is created using paint to look like thousands ofmetal shards are coming together to form beautiful shapes, often animalsor humans. Within every piece of DALeast’s art, a pop of color observed in the background brings his subject to life. This allows himto focus on the intricacy ofhis technique while delivering his final product. The use offractured imagery and contrasting backgrounds serve to give his art a breath of energy and soul that can sometimes be lost in art with a more somber subject matter.
A majority of DALeast’s art utilizes animals as the subject matter. In many ofhis works, less pronounced line workin the background serves as a shadowing effect for the images illustrated in the forefront. The overall artistic effectof utilizing a dark base while simultaneously highlighting in fragmented, brighter lines is to make the images appear to leap off the wall or canvas; It is the artist’s skillful layering of lines that leads the viewer to be able to visually interpret the image in many different ways.
DALeast is self-described as currently a human being. He has worked on a vast number of projects, starting in 2005, throughout Beijing, China, as well as South Africa, France, Germany, Italy, Australia, Namibia, the United States, and many other countries throughout Europe and Africa. DALeast has also participated in many group art exhibitions over the years in London, New York, Spain, Canada, Austria, Milan, and Melbourne.