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Earth artist paints giant murals with earth pigments that wash away in the rain, they can only be seen from above

Here is an artist whose paintings definitely Not stand the test of time, but that doesn’t bother him. He paints murals on huge natural outdoor rock formations using biodegradable paint that washes away in the rain.

Serious artists know it’s not art objecthung on the wall with expensive frames, that matters, but the act of creating and being one with nature (and, these days, showing it on Instagram).

The impermanence of these massive murals highlights the authenticity of the purpose.

His name is David Popa. He uses industrial pressure sprayers, a unique paint formula and other natural means – chalk, charcoal – which are not permanent. But the most important thing for him is to find a piece of natural, rocky landscape that is inherently beautiful.

In his colossal paintings, partial human faces, hands and other anatomical features evaporate on the surface of the rock between cracks and steep boulders. Human form and nature blend harmoniously. Popa then snaps drone shots from above to really show the magic of him.

Photo by Epoch Times
(Courtesy of David Popa)
Photo by Epoch Times
(Courtesy of David Popa)

The 29-year-old American artist learned classic drawing and painting at an early age from his father, Albert, who was introduced to art through spray-painted graffiti on the streets of New York. But it was the old masters and classical ideals that fascinated him. The art school then nurtured that talent.

“It was only when I grabbed a spray can and went to a local legal graffiti wall during my freshman year of college that I discovered a more kinetic and engaging way to make art,” David Popa told The Epoch Times.

“I became obsessed with finding the next place to do another mural and found myself in Finland the summer of my senior year in college.”

There he met his wife and chose to stay.

“For four years, I continued to do murals in the urban setting, but I felt I was missing a piece of the puzzle, which was my love of nature, despite growing up in New York,” he added.

Photo by Epoch Times
(Courtesy of David Popa)
Photo by Epoch Times
(Courtesy of David Popa)

(Courtesy of David Popa)

Popa began experimenting with charcoal, chalk and natural earth pigments to create works that were washed away after their creation.

His first experimental work on land was in 2016, but it took off as an artist in July 2019 when he painted a white portrait of his wife on an islet in southern Finland and his work was featured in national news.

“The process of making these earthworks was initially just the desire to ‘play’, to see what would happen if I had all my childhood loves together,” he said, adding that the results are reminiscent of the paintings of prehistoric cavemen.

Photo by Epoch Times
(Courtesy of David Popa)

“The natural materials I use would have been very similar, if not the same, to the artists used in the first cave paintings 40,000 years ago.”

Popa now seeks ever more remote locations for its murals, some of which can only be seen from above, using drones. He embraces ephemeral experiences and unsuspecting events such as tidal changes and even bird droppings that accentuate his work.

“Many of my collectors have praised those abstract traits,” he said. “You can imagine they were surprised when I told them it was the birds.”

Popa added: “It is this dynamic conversation with the ephemeral and natural world that really excites me and I hope it invites the viewer to consider the nature of our brief existence and savor its deep mysteries and daily miracles.”

Here are other works by David Popa:

Photo by Epoch Times
(Courtesy of David Popa)
Photo by Epoch Times
(Courtesy of David Popa)
Photo by Epoch Times
A photo of the artist. (Courtesy of David Popa)

(Courtesy of David Popa)

(Courtesy of David Popa)

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