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Visual Artist David Datuna Sadly Passed Away at 48


David Datuna, a Georgian-born American artist sadly passed away on May 24, 2022, at the age of 48. David Datuna’s cause of death has not been revealed at this time and his family also has not shared any statement related to his passing.

Datuna’s Viewpoint of Millions series analyzes the sources and meaning of cultural identity from different points of view. His signature technique in Viewpoint of Millions is a network of positive and negative optical lenses suspended over a large-scale layered, collaged, and painted image.

The mixed-media palette usually includes photography, magazine clippings, newspaper articles, paint, and color. The prismatic surface hides and reveals the work below, while the lenses symbolize individual identity, perception, illusion, fragmentation, and unification.

Artist David Datuna Sadly Passed Away

Portraits, icons, and flags are recurring themes within the Viewpoint of Millions series. Davis’s works have been exhibited in Europe, China, Russia, and the United States.

On 7 December 2019, he ate the banana installed as part of Comedian, by artist Maurizio Cattelan, which sold for $120,000 at Art Basel Miami. David called his intervention an act of “art performance”, dubbed Hungry Artist.

Datuna commented that he loves Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan’s artwork and loves this installation, saying that it was very delicious. Datuna noted that “What we perceive as materialism is nothing but social conditioning.”

He continued: “Any meaningful interaction with an object could turn it into art. I am a hungry artist, and I am hungry for new interactions.” contemporary art gallery Perrotin, replaced the banana consumed by David and said that the value of the piece was the “idea”, not the physical banana.

The news came out several days after Goalkeeper Marco Cornez’s death news was released. He passed away on May 21, 2022, after battling intense stage IV stomach cancer with spinal metastases.

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Artist David Datuna’s Cause of Death at 48

David Datuna’s cause of death has not been mentioned by reliable sources. The heartbreaking news was announced on social media and many users paid touching tribute to the late artist.

In October 2011, David’s portrait of Russian politician Vladimir Putin made out of miniature paintings of the Mona Lisa was sold for $269,000 during the Art Moscow Fair in December 2011.

His Steve Jobs / Ayn Rand portrait sold for $210,000 in December 2011 at the SCOPE Miami Art Show, which became one of the most expensive pieces of art sold at the fair that year.

David Datuna's passing at 48.
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In January 2012, he unveiled an installment in the Viewpoint of Millions art project, named Viewpoint of Millions: Israel Beyond a Dream in Palm Beach, Florida.

His artwork consisted of an Israeli flag triptych assembled in David’s style of cascading optical lenses, which described the past, present, and future of Israel.

Global Art Group created a mobile application for the iTunes Store in May 2012, that lets users create art in David’s style, called Viewpoints. In 2015 filmmakers Brian Bayerl and Michael Huter produced a documentary about Datuna called Datuna: Portrait of America.

The movie tells the story of David’s escape from the repression of the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics to pursue his dream of cultural and artistic freedom in the United States.

The filmmakers followed David as he worked on the first-ever art piece that fused contemporary art with wearable technology. The film received the Best Film Award at the Raindance Film Festival in London, and also Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary at the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival.

The movie was released to the public via YouTube on 4 July 2017. David’s solo exhibition titled Emblem and Image featured a portrait of Barack Obama In October 2012. It traced the arc of African-American political and social experience over 150 years.

He opened his Paris exhibition, Beauty and Power in 2013, on the prestigious Avenue Matignon which featured 15th works. David opened his Moscow exhibition, Eye to Eye, in October 2013, near Red Square at the Vetoshny Art Center.

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