Artist: David Burke

Exchange: Laos

David Burke is a muralist and educator based in Oakland, California. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Currently, Burke is the Art Director for the Superheroes Mural Project in Oakland, and recently co-founded the Autobody Bridge Program for emerging San Francisco Bay Area artists. In 2009, Burke was a visiting lecturer in painting at Chiang Mai University in Thailand, where he worked closely with art students and faculty for eighteen months.

Burke understands that the role of the muralist is not to impose one’s own vision onto a space, but instead to translate the communal vision by listening to a diverse range of voices and ideas and allowing these contributions to shape the spirit of the project. Every community has a unique story to tell, and Burke’s goal is to incorporate the rich histories of the people into murals that celebrate and acknowledge both the past and present while inspiring hope for the future.

The Latest from David Burke

Confronting Tradition

The intensity of the heat engulfed me as I stepped out of the plane and onto the tarmac at Wattay International Airport in Vientiane. It was both arresting and comforting, reminding me of the hot summer days during my last trip to Laos almost four years ago. After...

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Reconsidering What a Mural Can Be

The American Arts Incubator kicked off at the ZERO1 Garage in San Jose, California this past week. After over a year of planning, the excitement in the room was palpable as the four participating artists gathered for the first time with the ZERO1 staff and a U.S....

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American Arts Incubator an initiative of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs developed in partnership with ZERO1.

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