Project Description

David Jon Kassan (1977, Little Rock, Arkansas) is an internationally recognized contemporary American painter and philanthropist best known for his life-size representational figurative paintings. Raw, poignant and profoundly honest, Kassan’s work aesthetically captures humanity in its true form. As an artist, Kassan acts as an empathetic intermediary between the subject he portrays and the viewer. More than simply replicating his subjects Kassan seeks to understand them, to capture the essence of those he paints, imbuing them with their own voice.

Kassan is a much sought after drawing and painting instructor because of his steadfast commitment to the age old discipline of working from life and creating compelling expressions of the human form, giving painting/drawing seminars and lectures at various institutions, and universities around the world and online at

In 2013, Kassan founded the Kassan Foundation giving grants directly to unprivileged talent in both the visual and musical performance arts.

Kassan works can be seen in many public and private collections worldwide and is currently represented by Gallery Henoch, New York, NY.