Born in Ukraine in 1961, David Donskoy is the son of a successful interior designer and theatrically trained homemaker. After his family moved to Moscow, Donskoy was inspired by the works of his father and began to draw at the age of three. As a child he gravitated to working with pencil as well as pen and ink rather than painting.
After serving in the Army, Donskoy pursued a two-year degree in Visual Art, which was followed by a four-year program at Moscow State Academic Art School in Memory of 1905. This program was considered one of the strongest in the Soviet Union – Donskoy graduated in 1992, specializing in Interior Design. Out of the exceptional faculty at the school he remembers his professor of composition, Olga Golubeva, for opening his eyes to such styles such as avant-garde, design and abstractionism.
David Donskoy found influence in the works of great masters such as Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall and Nevinsky, as well as avant-garde of the early 20th century and German Expressionism from 1900-1920s. As a Jazz and Blues music enthusiast, he includes these genres as themes in his art frequently; and as a religious and spiritual person – he develops many of his ideas through the lens of the Bible.
When an idea strikes Donskoy, he develops it over time before deciding what style and medium will best present his message. In terms of medium, he has worked with everything from acrylic to watercolor, ink to oil and pastel, even printmaking like linocut and monoprinting.
In 1994, David Donskoy settled in San Francisco, CA, where he now lives. His creative process never stops and he is constantly working on his art, whether it is during a break at work, in a café or on the bus. Presently he is working on concepts involving spiritual allegories and still life.
His art feels familiar in the best possible way – captivating and moving. His eye for composition and attraction to shape, design and color enables him to create extraordinary works out of ordinary and common subjects. The works of David Donskoy evoke thought and ask questions, encouraging their viewer to think and search for answers. They seek out to arouse something in the spectator rather than leaving him indifferent, and the sincerity and wholeheartedness with which Donskoy creates his art is evident in every piece.
Donskoy’s work can be found in private art collections both in the United States and abroad, and has been seen in numerous exhibitions, including an annual exhibit at the Russian Cultural Center of San Francisco. Currently, a few of his works can be seen on display at the International Art Gallery in the Japan Center, San Francisco.