b: Miami, FL (USA),
David Katz's art training began under the tutelage of Duane
Hanson, a pop artist focusing on social statements through
sculpture. Salvador LaRosa, a well known Florida based artist
exploring modern day expressionism, instilled in
Katz an intense personal vision and influences from German
Expressionism. David Katz graduated from the University of
South Florida with a masters in art.
There he was influenced by Charles Lyman, an experimental
filmmaker and Stan Vanderbeck, a pioneer in animation techniques.
His work was his salvation, keeping him sane or insane depending
upon your perspective.
Various art movements are
evident in David Katz's work like German Expressionism, Fauvism,
and Pop Art. Artists that influenced him are Paul Klee, Andy
Warhol, Jean Dubuffet, Stan Vanderbeck, Edvard Munch, Pablo
Picasso, Henri Matisse, Frank Stella, Karel Appel, Robert
Rauschenberg, and Kathe Kollwitz. Thinkers like Freud, Jung,
Kafka, and Sartre also had a great impression.
David Katz's works have been
selected for numerous film festivals from Brazil (Anima Mundi)
to Chicago (Chicago International Animation Festival) and
New York (New York International Film Festival) to Los Angeles
(AIVF DV Expo). Cartoon Sea, a recent work,
was selected for worldwide viewing by Film
Aid, in association with the United Nations and
has been used as an interstitial on PBS.
David Katz's Cartoon
Consciousness, Embryo, and Mega
One have been acquired by the Mississippi
Museum of Art, the USF
Contemporary Art Museum, and the Bass
Museum of Art for their permanent collection. David
Katz has recently been asked to be part of the Canal
Street Projection Project. The event is part of
the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce arts program.
David Katz has enjoyed being
a children's book illustrator for the past fourteen years,
illustrating a total of fourteen books. His illustrations
or "book art" have been acquired by the Mazza
Museum in Ohio, the Jane
Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum in New Jersey, the
de Grummond Collection
in Mississippi, and the Northeast
Children's Literature Collection at the Thomas
J. Dodd Research Center in Connecticut. The Mazza
Museum exhibited Katz' video installation Cartoon
Sea in June 2005. Gail Aaron of the Zimmerli
Art Museum wrote that David Katz' "works will
make a fine addition to our collection, not only because the
original illustration and print are very beautiful, but also
because it provides an outstanding example of the use of digital
technology to produce exciting new illustrations for children's
books." David Katz is the president of Cascade Pass,
he has also acted as the director for the Future Girls:
Adventures in Marine Biology television program and
as art director on the company's line of CD ROMS.
Katz also recently spoke
at the DV Expo in Los Angeles about using the medium of digital
video in art. The panel included Michael Massucci and Kate
Johnson from EZTV, Kimberly Reed from DV Magazine, and French
video artist Sandy Amareau.
David Katz is currently working
with jazz composer Robert Lockart on putting his newest piece
entitled "Jazzy Art" to music. The work was inspired
by jazz legends like John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock,
and Thelonius Monk. The animation explores the importance
of music and the roots of jazz. David Katz continues to work
in Marina del Rey, California.