David “DEZ” Zambrano was born in 1976 in Los Angeles, California. At a young age his family moved to avoid the prospect of a dangerous upbringing. He was raised in Northern Virginia on the outskirts of DC.
DEZ draws influence from everything he sees and experiences in his life. His first true love of art began with graffiti when he saw ‘Beat Street’ as a young kid. The love affair was further flamed while riding the Red Line from Virginia to Maryland to visit his father. He was captivated by the incredible artwork he would see sprawled on the walls as the train went by.
With no proper schooling and no disciplined lessons in art, DEZ has been ‘self-schooled’ in his craft. You can see a lot of the graffiti influence in his work. DEZ’s work is not limited to one surface or one tool. He utilizes mixed media and can touch any canvas, wall, car, motorcycle, or fabric to create a visual masterpiece. While he has garnered wide notoriety with his custom artwork on footwear, DEZ encapsulates an artist with versatility. Moving forwarded DEZ seeks to return to his roots with his art which is the love of the canvas.
DEZ is a multi-disciplinary artist that has developed a body of original artwork over the span of his career. He often says ‘no piece is ever really finished, you just run out of time.’ Fortunately, there is always an opportunity to create something fresh and new. Every new piece comes from an organic place. It’s never driven by current fads but more from his soul. DEZ feels that this element continues to help him stand out amongst other artists. His personal stamp is simply a reflection of his passion, pain, love and life coupled with a unique ability to deliver the on any surface. With every piece, you know that he pours his heart into whatever he creates.