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David Stoupakis /   David Michael Stoupakis

United States 1974

Illustration, Painting


David Stoupakis
David Michael Stoupakis
United States
July 23, 2015

David Stoupakis is an American painter and graphic novel illustrator, known for his surrealistic, gothic art.

Sometimes based on old photographs of long-gone children, his eerie portraits create a feeling of haunted places and grim fairytales. His timeless beings and creatures inhabit surreal places not of this world, depicted in a haunting imagery that visually merges Alice in Wonderland and The Exorcist.

David Stoupakis - Martyr, 2014
David Stoupakis – Martyr, 2014

Learning Difficulties: Art as a Therapy

Born David Michael Stoupakis in 1974, in Brighton, Massachusetts, the artist had to cope with a severe learning disability throughout his education. Doctors informed his parents that David could develop more on the artistic side, and that he may have the ability to become a great artist. From that moment and later in career, his parents who are also artists themselves gave full and unconditional support to his newfound artistic ability.

In 1992, Stoupakis gave the Art Institute of Boston a one year try and quickly found that being trained was not for him. In the following year, David decided to become a self-taught artist and was dedicated to developing himself. In 1996, Stoupakis got a job as a 2D and 3D Animator Artist for one gaming company. Finally in 1999, the artist chose to focus solely on painting.

David Stoupakis - Peddlers of Death, 2011
David Stoupakis – Peddlers of Death, 2011

Korn’s See You on the Other Side Album Art

Passionate about album art and music in general, Stoupakis collaborated with several bands, most significantly with Korn for their See You on the Other Side and Haloburn’s debut album.

From painting the actual covers down to the designing of the booklet with the CD label, Stoupakis is thrilled when he has a chance to collaborate with some of his favorite musicians. Creative process of creating an album art vary from project to project. Sometimes a band comes with an already conceived idea of the wanted image, and in other cases the singer just gives David one lyric line. The awarded album cover of See You on the Other Side was all based off of the lyrics that Jonathan Davis, also known as JDevil, the frontman of Korn gave to Stoupakis – “I’m just a child with the tears in its eyes. I am holding this gift that is broken.”

David Stoupakis - Korn's See You on the Other Side album artwork, 2005
David Stoupakis – Korn’s See You on the Other Side album artwork, 2005

The Kindly Ones with Mention3

David Stoupakis’ art has been critically acclaimed many times – he was a winner of Direct Art Magazine’s Surrealist Artist Feature Award in 2003, and a winner of IGN’s Best Album Artwork for Korn’s See You on the Other Side in 2006. In addition, he was one of the 50 artists chosen to paint a tribute Dean Guitar for the late Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell.

Works of Stoupakis have been featured in numerous magazines and publications, including Spin, Revolver, Guitar World, Metal Hammer, Woodstock Tattoo, Juxtapose, LA Times, and Rolling Stone. His art has also been exhibited in many group and solo shows, mostly throughout the US, in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Miami, but also internationally in Germany, Italy and France.

Most recently, Stoupakis’ art has been exhibited as a part of duo exhibition The Kindly Ones, together with his long term friend and associate, Mention3. The exhibition took place at Last Rites gallery, in New York.

David Stoupakis lives and works in New York.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015The Kindly OnesLast Rites Gallery, New YorkDuo
2015Freaks and AmericanaCHG Circa, Culver CityGroup
2014MonstrumGallery Provocateur, ChicagoGroup
2014The 13th HourLast Rites Gallery, NYGroup
2014Giants among UsCHG Circa, Culver CityGroup
2012Ashes to SorrowLast Rites Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2012RequiemStrychnin GalleryGroup
2011In The NurseryCorey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
20115 - Year AnniversaryCorey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2011Walking with These ShadowsCorey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2010Art From The New WorldBristol Museum, Bristol, EnglandGroup
2010Pop Surrealism, What a Woderfool WorldMuseo Carandente, Spoleto, ItalyGroup
2010Scope MiamiMiami, FLGroup
2010RubedoDorothy Circus Gallery, Roma, ItalyGroup
2008These PredicamentsCorey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2008Crimes on CanvasM modern Gallery, Hardrock Casino, Las Vegas, NVGroup
2008TransgressionLast Rites Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2008Anniversarylmited Addiction Gallery, Denver, CO Group
2008DRAWStolenspace Gallery, London, UK Group
2008FUSION 5 FESTIVALStrychnin Gallery, Cannes, FranceGroup
2007The WarCorey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2007Bridge Art FairMc Caig Welles Gallery, Miami, FL Group
2007Bitters and SweetsGallery 1988, Los Angeles, CA Group
2007The Talking Board ShowCoproNason Gallery, Los Angeles, USGroup
2007Contre Tous: Art for a CureSaved Gallery, Brooklyn, NYCGroup
2007Something wicked this way comesWindUp gallery, Mesa, AZGroup
2007A Quest For Better DraemsStrychnin Gallery, Berlin, GermanySolo
2007LITERARTISTRYCorey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2007REVELATIONFuse Gallery, NYCGroup
2007NEXT – GENCopro Nason Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2007Sheep Will FollowCorey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2006Art Basel MiamiMiami, FL Group
2006ArcanumStrychnin Gallery, NYC, NYGroup
2006SubterfugeThink Space Gallery, Santa Monica, CA Group
2006Bergamot Invasion 2CoproNason Gallery, Santa Monica, CA Group
2006Nova Art Fair ChicagoChicago, IL Group
2006Group ShowStrychnin Gallery, Kunstsalon Berlin, Germany Group
2006Group ShowZito Gallery, NYC, NYGroup
2006Show of hand painted Dean GuitarsSXSW, Austin, TexasGroup
2006Show of hand painted Dean GuitarsNAMM, Anaheim, CA Group
2005Holiday Benefit for Hurricane KatrinaMetalstone Gallery, NYC, NYGroup
2005Beyond the RainbowClair Obscur Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2005Save CBGB’s BenefitCB’s Gallery 313, NYC, NYGroup
2005Doppelganger (with David Hochbaum)McCaig Welles Gallery, BrooklynDuo
2005Benefit for Hurricane KatrinaLucky 13 Saloon, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2005State of The ArtRemmers Productions at Progress Space Gallery, Pomona, CA Group
2004Murder of UsLucky 13 Saloon, Brooklyn, NYSolo
2004War and Peace the Art of PropagandaWoodstock Gallery of Art, Woodstock, USGroup
2004The Explosive Art ExhibitFletcher Gallery, Woodstock, NY Group
2004Group ShowCB’s Gallery 313, NYC, NYGroup
2003God is DeadLucky 13 Saloon, Brooklyn, NYSolo
2003Group ShowCB’s Gallery 313, NYC, NYGroup
2003Mortis Dabora Tales of Death 2Dabora Gallery, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2003Group ShowHere Art, NYC, NYGroup
2003Rhythm of HopeVH1 Save the Music Group Show, Brooklyn, NYGroup