David Popa is an artist born and raised in NYC. His interest in art spawned from a tight mentorship with his father Albert Popa who was one of the first Graffiti Writers in NYC and later taught him traditional painting at a young age.  

Popa's work as a contemporary figurative painter primarily focuses on the human psyche. Specific themes of an individuals psyche include ones internal dialogue, subconscious or pursuit of self-actualization. The result are often introspective figures that seem separate from time and space. His recent work has taken him outdoors in both urban and natural settings. In the urban context his works can be seen on walls from Boston, Norway, Greece, Finland to even Sri Lanka. However, his recent work in nature has garnered attention from viewers. By creating site specific works in various mediums directly in nature, the work exists for only a short while. Documenting the work through the use of photography and videography has become an integral part of Popa’s process. As of very recently, Popa has begun to utilize Giclée printing as a way in which the work can hold a tactile, physical form after the work is gone. He currently lives and paints in Espoo, Finland with his wife and daughter.



Born in Brooklyn, NYC 1992

Based in Helsinki, Finland

+358 44 2356757

Solo Exhibitions

2017 Näsin Kartanon Galleria, Porvoo

2017 Rupla Gallery, Helsinki

2016 “Equinox”, Gallery Ari, Mikkeli

2015 “Popa’s Pop Up”, Kartanontie 5, Munkkiniemi

2015 “HER”, Café Bulevardi, Helsinki

Group Exhibitions

2019 Näsin Kartanon Galleria, Porvoo

2018 Näsin Kartanon Galleria, Porvoo

2016 “Summer Exhibition” Gumbostrand Konst & Form, Sipoo

2016 “Young artist of the month” Gumbostrand Konst & Form, Sipoo

2015 “Slap” Ruby Gallery, Sri Lanka

2015 “Full Circle” Gordon College, Massachusetts

2011 Fiorello LaGuardia Arts School, NYC

Street Art Series

2015 “Rise Sri Lanka” Colombo, Matara, Mullativu, Ampara, Sri Lanka

2014 “Finland Free Walls” Helsinki, Finland

2014 “Beverly Free Wall Series” Beverly, Massachusetts

2014 “Hong Kong Umbrella revolution” Boston, Massachusetts


Masters in Visual Culture and Contemporary Art Projected May 2020

Aalto University Espoo, Finland

B.A Fine Arts Painting May 2015

Gordon College, Wenham, MA

Fiorello LAguardia Arts High School June 2011

Manhattan, New York (An acclaimed School for the Arts, with a competitive portfolio review)

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