Dave Baranes grew up in the suburbs of a big city, steeped in Hip-Hop and Street Art culture. As a child, he was already passionate about drawing and it was almost naturally that he turned to Graffiti (with Old School or more modern lettering) and decorative painting on urban walls.
Without ever deviating from Street Art , in his studio - gallery , today he mainly paints large-format paintings by marrying on his canvases acrylic and aerosol , obtaining a striking trompe-l'oeil concreted relief by the mixture of spray and 'specific inks.
The realistic animals of Dave Baranes seem to pop up very urban settings, as colorful as they are concrete; their soft curves against a background of sharp angles add additional relief to the table , like a double trompe-l'oeil opposing life to integer. Certainly, importing nature in such a masterful way into the city is less of a paradox than a way of pointing out the excesses of our world.
Dave Baranes’s animals, sometimes depicted in “rue de l'Avenir” decorations, are generally from endangered species, so acute is the painter’s awareness of environmental issues.