David Zayas

David Zayas is a highly acclaimed Puerto Rican mural artist renowned for his captivating and thought-provoking artworks that adorn walls across the world. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Zayas developed a deep appreciation for art and culture from a young age.

Zayas pursued his passion for painting by obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Painting from the prestigious Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico in 2003. Armed with a solid artistic foundation, he embarked on a remarkable journey to explore and redefine the boundaries of urban art.

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As a testament to his expertise and commitment to his craft, Zayas was appointed as a professor at the Universidad Metropolitana in San Juan. There, he imparted his extensive knowledge and experience to aspiring artists, teaching the only Urban Art course available in Puerto Rico. Through his teaching, Zayas played a crucial role in nurturing and inspiring a new generation of talented individuals passionate about this unique form of artistic expression.

For over 15 years, Zayas has devoted himself to creating awe-inspiring murals that delve into the depths of society and human existence. His artworks serve as powerful conduits for storytelling, using symbolism as a central element to convey profound narratives about the human experience. Zayas skillfully captures the complexities of life, exploring themes of identity, cultural heritage, and the journey from birth to death.

Deeply rooted in his Caribbean heritage, Zayas weaves the vibrant history and rich traditions of Puerto Rico into his art. His murals not only depict visually striking scenes but also evoke a sense of pride and unity within the local community. Zayas’ artistic vision extends beyond national boundaries, with his works gracing walls in Brazil, Spain, Paraguay, Israel, and the United States. His creations serve as bridges that connect diverse cultures and ignite conversations about universal human experiences.

David Zayas’ artistic brilliance has earned him international recognition and acclaim. His unique blend of technical skill, creative storytelling, and cultural appreciation has captivated audiences worldwide. Through his art, Zayas continues to inspire and provoke thought, leaving an indelible mark on the global art scene and solidifying his position as a prominent figure in the realm of mural art.

“In all my recent work, I show an important interest in being the director of the color palette that I am exercising. I play with the contrasts between warm and cold colors, turning the piece into a chromatic spectacle that can reflect my Caribbean identity. And as part of the composition, it has a line in different shades of blue in the shape of a spiral that travels from one end to the other, which digitally can be a brush stroke and that allows me to record the gestures of the movement of my hand.”  (David Zayas @ZayasArt)

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David Zayas's Locations

Art Basel  |  Wynwood, Miami 2023

Art Basel | Wynwood, Miami 2023

Miami, FL

“With any collaborative mural, there can be challenges, and even more so when the style and concepts of each artist are different. This was a special occasion. The piece dictated […]

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648 South Summer Street – East Wall

648 South Summer Street – East Wall

Holyoke, MA

The wall is on the East side of the Battleship Block, directly facing the Puerto Rican Cultural District. This housing complex and compound was built by German immigrant workers in […]

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27 Spring St.

27 Spring St.

Lynn, MA
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Athenian Corner

Athenian Corner

Lowell, MA

This installation was made possible by Project LEARN.  Project LEARN’s “goal is to transform Lowell into the standard for excellence in urban education. Project LEARN (Lowell Educational Alliance Resource Network) […]

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57 Hamilton St. Holyoke, MA

57 Hamilton St. Holyoke, MA

Holyoke, MA
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