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David Roman is a UK-based artist who specialises in painting pro athletes, capturing their career highlights into powerful, energetic artworks.
After graduating with a degree in Fine Art & Illustration from Coventry University, David followed his fascination with painting movement, which led to a self-started project called ‘JUST MOVE’. As part of that project he created a painting every day for a year, studying the body in motion across a wide range of practices, including various sports, dance, yoga, and more.
David’s first solo show, also called 'JUST MOVE', took place in Birmingham, in 2017 and featured a selection of paintings from his project. His work has also been exhibited in San Francisco, London and Berlin.
When his art was compared to Leroy Neiman, he did some research to find out more about Neiman and had a eureka moment! David's interest in mixing movement, sports and art, which had been frowned upon in the fine art world, was also part of Neiman’s art, and his iconic art career. That’s when David decided to follow in his footsteps and became the Sports & Movement Artist.
After more than 500 paintings completed in recent years, his artistic style evolved in a unique way, which led to prestigious companies, brands and athletes commissioning and collecting his art.
David has worked with the likes of Reebok, British Gymnastics, Sports 1 Marketing, National Bodybuilding Association and more.
Pro athletes who collect David’s art include Danica Patrick, Tia Clair-Toomey, Conor Benn, Nile Wilson, Annie Thorisdottir, Sam Briggs, as well as private collectors all over the world.
David lives in Birmingham and works in his studio near the city centre.