Dave Warnke by HANG ART



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DAVe Warnke

b. 1971


In his paintings and drawings, DAVe creates a vibrant landscape populated by a collection of cheerful creatures. The resulting artworks are eye candy: sweet, silly, and fun to view. With his characteristic style of bright colors, simplified shapes, and bold graphic lines, DAVe attempts to recapture the joy and vitality of his childhood artwork. Oftentimes, DAVe brings his fantastical world directly to the urban landscape, intending to brighten up public spaces with good-natured, silly intervention.


DAVe studied painting and printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute and earned a BFA from Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Dublin, Ireland. His paintings and drawings have been exhibited worldwide, including at The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, Massachusetts and the Grassi Museum in Leipzig, Germany. DAVe is an artist and educator who lives in Oakland, California with his wife and two daughters. His public art can be seen throughout the Bay Area and around the world.



Painting and Printmaking, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

BFA, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design, and Technology, Dublin, Ireland.



2011    “The Whimsical, Weird, and Wonderful World of DAVe Warnke,” Hang Art, San Francisco, CA

2009    Artisans Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA

2007    “In Pursuit of Happiness,” Hang Art, San Francisco, CA

2006    Perihelion Arts Gallery, Phoenix, AZ

2005    66 Balmy Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2004    Hang Art, San Francisco, CA

2003    Tag Art Gallery, Nashville, TN

2003    66 Balmy Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2002    Villains, San Francisco, CA

2001    Hang Art, San Francisco, CA

2001    The Attic Gallery, Nashville,, TN

2001    ITARTWORKS, Lafayette, CA

2001    Base Gallery, San Francisco, CA



2016    “Freshly Painted,” Hang Art, San Francisco, CA

2015    “Inventory Salon,” Hang Art, San Francisco, CA

2014    “Same, Same, But Different,” Hang Art, San Francisco, CA

2013    “Kaleidoscope,” Hang Art, San Francisco, CA

2009    “Seven under Seven,” Hang Art, San Francisco, CA

2009    “No Room for Squares,” Hang Art, San Francisco, CA

2008    “Deappropriation Project,” Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA

2008    “Under $100,” Root Division Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2008    “Skate Art Exhibition,” Allenby 94 Gallery, Jerusalem, Israelf

2008    “Expo Stickers,” Curitiba, Brazil

2008    “Peel Here,” The Ghetto Mansion Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2008    “Also Known As,” Alias Gallery, Indianapolis, IN

2007    “Poster Power Show,” Salerno, Italy

2007    “Happy Meats,” Alpha Cult Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2007    “Self Made,” Homeland Culture Center, Long Beach, CA

2006    “Street Art Expo,” Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico

2005    “Street Art Show, International,” Santiago, Chile

2005    “Laugh Out Loud,” Hang Art, San Francisco, CA

2005    “The Metal Pig Show,” Austin, TX

2005    “Bollocks: A Street Art Show,” Washington, DC

2004    “Hollywood Remix,” Wooster Arts Space, New York, NY

2004    “On Another Good Day,” Street Level Gallery, Highwood, IL

2004    “The Bay Area Show,” The Tangent Gallery, Detroit, MI

2004    “Fresh Produce,” Anno Domini Gallery, San Jose, CA

2004    “Street Art Jam,” Warsza, Poland

2004    “Small Works,” 66 Balmy Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2004    “When Dogs Fly,” Skewville Gallery, New York, NY

2003    “Pictoplasma,” Future is Now Gallery, New York, NY

2003    “16th Independent Arts Festival,” Antwerp, Belgium

2003    “Stick ‘em Up,” Objex Arts Space, Miami, FL

2003    “Decked Out,” Culture Cache Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2003    “Outside,” StartSOMA Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2003    “Faux Real,” di Rosa Gallery, Napa, CA

2003    Brendan Elliott Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2003    “Je’ Appelle,” Club Townsend, San Francisco, CA

2002    “Stick ‘Em Up,” One Time Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2002    “DAVe and Buffmonster,” Anno Domini Gallery, San Jose, CA

2002    “Stick ‘em Up,” Magma Gallery, London, England

2002    “Urban, Folk, Pop,” Whitney Young Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA

2001    “Spaces Between Place,” Crucible Steel Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2001    “Fecal Face Arty Party,” Oakland, CA



2006    “Stickeraward,” Grassi Museum, Liepzig, Germany

2004    “The Interventionists: Art in the Social Sphere,” Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA



“Street Art: Dave Warnke,” Juxtapoz. May 12, 2011 (online article)

Hartline, Karen T. “In the Mix: For the Taking,” Oakland Magazine. January-February 2010

“Trespass: A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art,” by Carlo McCormick. 2010

“Stickers 2: International Sticker Art Book,” by Mattias Muller and Andreas Ullrich. 2009

Vapors Magazine. 2006

Juxtapoz Magazine. 2006

“The Art of Rebellion 2: World of Urban Art Activism,” by Christian Hundertmark. 2006

“Street Logos,” by Tristan Manco. 2005

NO Magazine (2005)

“The Art of Rebellion: World Street Art,” by Christian Hundertmark. 2004

Vapors Magazine (2004)

Oakland Tribune (2004)

San Francisco Chronicle (2004)

PEELzine 2 cover (2004)

‘Pictoplasma 2’ (2003)

‘Stick 'em Up’ (2003)

San Francisco Reader (2002)

XLR8R (2002)

Art Calendar (2001)

Where San Francisco (2001)

Flyer Magazine (2001)

QSF (2001)

San Francisco Chronicle (2001)



2006    Artist in Residence at San Francisco Arts in Education Project, San Francisco, CA

2005    Street Styles after-school art program, Creator and Teacher, San Francisco, CA

2004    Hearts in SF participant (City Hall and Embarcadero) Heart purchased by Visa Corp.