David Alexander Flinn was born in New-York in 1987. He grew up between New-York, Soho and Turin, Italy. His parents are economics teachers. His grand-father, a journalist, always installed in him the will to work for himself.
When he was 16, he witnessed the gentrification of Manhattan first-hand. He began to express himself by making graffitis under the nickname YONT all over New York's streets. As he states, it was a sort of "rite of passage".
During his last year of high school, he started applying texture to his drawings and paintings, and one of his teachers encouraged him to pursue.
He then went on to get his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the School of Visual Arts of New York. Less than 6 months after he started, he was already integrated into the sculpture department.
His work explores the notions of our basic instincts of survival and the confinement of such by social infrastructures. These concepts intermingle ideas ranging from Botany to the fall of the Roman Empire. Violence, repression, betrayal and resurrection play an integral role in his artistic language. He uses sculpture, installations, drawing and photography to explore these concepts.
He spends a lot of time in his studio, even if it is just to stay there staring at things. It is simply the presence of an object and its energy – the fact that the manifestation of an idea could be so powerful and engaging – which inspires him. He wants to explore this feeling, this idea which makes that a thought could become an object through material language. There is something about forms, materials, and the way they are locking, assembling, sticking to each other that has always been deeply stimulating him.
David A. Flinn is also managing a project “The Infinity Pool”. It is an online exhibition space for different artists each month. He considers that some artists don't have the artistic freedom they're looking for that's why he created this free expression space. The artists control the platform without any restrictions and The Infinity Pool helps them to develop their projects. It is a sort of non-profit virtual gallery. The aim is to let these various artists produce creative work with no constraints – as smart or strange their creations could be.
His best advice ? "Ride it out, this too shall pass".