David A. Kurtz


Biographical Information

Born in Tulsa, OK. From an early age, David was driven to create, always drawing and painting on things-including the walls of his childhood home. Clearly excelling in art from an early age  (1989 to 1994), David attended an after-school art program, where he studied drawing and painting under the direction of Ross Meyer, an Oklahoma based Landscape Artist. He also attended an instructional art program at Johnson's Atelier - Summer Arts Collective (1988-1992). 

While attending The Weitzenhoffer College of Fine Arts In Norman Oklahoma, Kurtz studied under artists Julie Green, David Hissey and Dr. Andrew Phelan to name a few. His senior year David met visiting artist, Joe Andoe, a prominent Oklahoma artist now living In NYC, and was Inspired by his bold technique and aesthetic. During this time, Kurtz participated in several exhibitions, including two end of year shows at the Fred Jones Jr Museum of Modern Art and the Lightwell Gallery, which was often reserved for visiting artists.

In 2001, David moved to Denver, CO, where he turned toward music performance and live painting. His involvement in the Denver Music scene lead him to form Bocumast Records, releasing over 50 albums from local and national acts during its historic rise in the Mountainous State.

While in Denver, Kurtz put his college degree to use, starting Rilla Creative, a gallery/creative space and design firm. The space would have group shows every 6-8 weeks with opening night events featuring live music, experimental films and performance art.

In 2013, Kurtz moved to San Francisco, California to pursue a career in design, photography and art. It is here that he met Ben Goorin of Goorin Bros hats, where he worked as Senior Art Director for a few years before moving on to work as Senior Marketing Designer for Flickr/SmugMug. When he isn't creating, David enjoys taking photo walks (check out his photo work heremonoram.com) throughout the city, and exploring the weirder side of California or wherever else his travels take him.


2001 Bachelor of Fine Art - The Weitzenhoffer College of Fine Arts.

1996 Art Program. Booker T. Washington High School - Tulsa OK.

Extended study:
Johnson's Atelier, an instructional summer arts collective program (1989-1992).
Ross Meyer Art School (Ross Meyer studio)1989-1994.
Joe Andoe extended course study (Fall 1998).
2017 SxSW Tech. Art & Design Seminars. Austin, TX.
Adobe Max. 2019. Los Angeles, CA.

Exhibitions + Features

2019 Open Studio. San Francisco, CA.
2015 Speakeasy. Goorin Bros Haberdashery. North Beach. San Francisco, CA.
2013 "New Works" Solo Show. Rilla Creative. Denver, CO
2012 Fall Open Studios. Rilla Creative. Denver, CO
2012 "Beyond Agility" Artist Showcase. Rilla Creative. Denver, CO.
2012 Spring Open Studios. Rilla Creative. Denver, CO
2011 Mercury Theatre. Group Exhibition and Live Performance featuring Aenka. Denver, CO
2011 "Intuitive Division." Solo exhibition. Rilla Creative. Denver, CO
2011 Fall Open Studios. Rilla Creative. Denver, CO
2010 "The Millennium Artist Showcase." Group exhibition. Rilla Creative. Denver, CO.
2010 "Rilla Creative Launch Party" Denver, CO.
2009 "New Work" Solo exhibition. Pablo's Coffee. Denver, CO
2009 Bocumast Showcase. SxSw. Austin, TX
2009 ManiaTV! Studios. HQ Showcase. Denver, CO
2008 Bocumast Showcase. SxSW. Austin, TX. 
2008 "DAKurtz Paintings" Solo exhibition. Meadowlark. Denver, CO
2008 Open Studio. Denver, CO.
2006 Solo Show. Pablo's Coffee. Denver, CO
2005 Live Painting Performance. Dazzle. Denver, CO
2004 Live Painting Performance. Cervantes Masterpiece Theatre. Denver, CO
2003 Group Show. Robischon Gallery. Denver, CO
2002 Beef Baloney Launch Festival HQ Gallery
2001 Rose Rock Film Festival Lounge Exhibition
2001 Lightwell Gallery. Solo Show - "The Weight of Amusement."
1998, 1999, 2000 Lightwell Gallery (Fred Jones Jr. School of Fine Art). Student Group Exhibit
1996 Booker T. Washington Student Art showcase
1992-1996 Ross Meyer Gallery. Student show (seasonal).

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