One of the artists who had the greatest impact on me, and who was my most influential teacher, emphasized that people no longer know how to see art. In a world that has embraced immediacy and discarded deep reflection, I am driven to create works that force people to stop and consider.

Each time someone views one of my pieces, I want them to find something new, deep, and meaningful.


My pieces can be intensely detailed, and creating them serves as a meditation for me. This intricacy is greatly inspired by my desire to introduce monumentality into my works, and heavily influenced by ancient sites of pilgrimage and devotion such as the now-destroyed Buddhas of Bamiyan in Afghanistan. These are works that could only be done with complete dedication; a pure kind of art, one that creates a feeling of awe in the viewer. While limiting myself in terms of size, I hope to distill the same spiritual sense into my work.

My process is always in flux. Rather than beginning a piece based off of a single moment of inspiration, and therefore creating works that exist as the crystallization of a single past moment, my approach is more fluid. I aim to capture constant inspiration, rather than a single burst.


Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and raised on Roosevelt Island in New York City, Davi Leventhal is an artist who works in various media.

Beginning his art studies at Pratt Institute and going on to study at School of Visual Arts, Cooper Union, Ringling School of Art and Design, and the Art Students League, Davi has advanced his education and techniques in a unique way. This approach has helped him to develop a focused vision and style all his own.

Davi has exhibited in both the United States and Brazil. Recent exhibitions include FUXICO at Plaxall Gallery, and Monument in Miniature with ABC no Rio. Davi has also been selected as a 2019 Artport Artist-in-Residence at LaGuardia Airport.