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Daru

France Born in: 1976 Bestsellers

Artist Biography

The worlds of pop culture, street art, and cultural commentary collide in the work of painter and graffiti artist, Daru. Born in France and starting his decades-long art career as the cartoonist and author of the comic strip Serial Coxer, it wasn't until he shifted his focus to street art that David Nicolas became Daru. Known for his famous murals and graffiti, such as Le Chat in Clermont-Ferrand, Daru's signature style of art is unmistakable. 

Daru honed his artistic skill through street art, becoming a successful self-taught artist. Though he previously worked exclusively on walls as a street artist, Daru eventually became dissatisfied with the limitations on visibility that working on walls imposed. Rather than have his creations available only to those physically able to see them, Daru began experimenting with new mediums, moving from walls to canvas and eventually wood. Drawing his inspiration from animation, pop art, and social issues, Daru uses his artwork to create parodies that entertain as well as critique contemporary society. The dualistic intentions behind Daru's work as both inspiring joy in viewers while also offering commentary on societal problems, such as greed and social media use, blend to create the multi-layered artwork he is known for. 

Since 2019, Daru has worked with both canvas and wooden planks as mediums to make his street art more accessible to all. His work has been exhibited internationally, having been shown both within France as well as the United States. 

Daru lives and creates from his home in the countryside of France. 


Artist Statement

I approach my work with a minimum of two goals in mind: both to bring happiness to those who view it and to raise awareness of the pressing societal issues we face today. Street art has a rich history as a means of communication for everyday people. With my background as a street artist, I still view my artwork as a method of passing on a message, whether on a wall or a canvas. I first began working on canvas and wood instead of walls to enable any person to access my work, rather than it being limited only to those within the area. Using Posca Acrylic Markers and Montana 94C Graffiti Bomb, I work based on where my mood and thoughts take me, always valuing my creative freedom.

The conceptual side of my artwork is crucial to what I create. Being inspired by pop art and street art, I blend famous cultural figures, like Karl Lagerfeld or Donald Duck, to create new characters that highlight societal issues, like financial abuse. These parodies use dark humor, sarcasm, and recognizable figures to bring light to serious issues while still inspiring happiness and laughter in viewers. The balance between enjoyable artwork and social commentary is a key element in my approach. Whether my artwork focuses on greed, luxury, social media over-usage, or exploitation, I use familiar and entertaining characters to convey serious messages, blending different universes to create parodies that inspire viewers to see old things in new ways. 

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Daru, What else?, Painting

Daru

What else?, 2020
130 x 65 x 2 cm
Painting

$2,961

Daru, Luxury Graff, Fine Art Drawings

Daru

Luxury Graff, 2021
6.6 x 15.6 x 0.3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$592

Daru, Panneau Sans Interdits La vie de n'a pas de sens, Sculpture

Daru

Panneau Sans Interdits La vie de n'a pas de sens, 2021
80 x 80 x 3 cm
Sculpture

$1,776

Daru, Bartcoin 2, Painting

Daru

Bartcoin 2, 2021
44 x 31 x 1.6 cm
Painting

$1,480

Daru, Ethereum Game, Painting

Daru

Ethereum Game, 2021
40 x 31 x 1.6 cm
Painting

$1,480

Daru, Lucky Vip, Painting

Daru

Lucky Vip, 2021
100 x 60 x 2 cm
Painting

$3,316

Daru, Love of Risk, Painting

Daru

Love of Risk, 2021
112 x 73 x 3 cm
Painting

$4,145

Daru, Batcoin, Fine Art Drawings

Daru

Batcoin, 2021
6.6 x 15.6 x 0.3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$592

Daru, Money Fight, Fine Art Drawings

Daru

Money Fight, 2021
6.6 x 15.6 x 0.3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$592

Daru, Luxury Road, Painting

Daru

Luxury Road, 2021
70 x 59 x 4 cm
Painting

$2,072

Daru, Goofy Style, Painting

Daru

Goofy Style, 2021
46 x 31 x 1.6 cm
Painting

$1,480

Daru, Work For Me, Painting

Daru

Work For Me, 2021
40 x 30 x 1.6 cm
Painting

$1,480

Daru, Speedy Money, Painting

Daru

Speedy Money, 2021
83 x 51 x 1.6 cm
Painting

$2,072

Daru, Donald Lagerfeld, Painting

Daru

Donald Lagerfeld, 2021
20.3 x 30.5 cm
Painting

$1,184

Daru, No Pain No Gain (on a $2 banknote), Painting

Daru

No Pain No Gain (on a $2 banknote), 2021
6.6 x 15.6 x 0.3 cm
Painting

$592

Daru, New Rich, Painting

Daru

New Rich, 2021
6.6 x 15.6 x 0.3 cm
Painting

$592

Daru, Business Plan?, Painting

Daru

Business Plan?, 2021
6.6 x 15.6 x 0.3 cm
Painting

$592

Daru, For Sale, Painting

Daru

For Sale, 2021
41 x 31 x 4 cm
Painting

$1,480

Daru, Fat and Furious, Painting

Daru

Fat and Furious, 2021
40 x 80 x 1.6 cm
Painting

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Daru, New Rich Bitcoin, Painting

Daru

New Rich Bitcoin, 2021
73 x 53 x 4 cm
Painting

$2,072

Daru, Luxury Life Candy, Painting

Daru

Luxury Life Candy, 2020
155 x 80 x 4 cm
Painting

$4,145

Daru, Son Bitcoin, Painting

Daru

Son Bitcoin, 2021
111 x 80 x 3 cm
Painting

Sold

Daru, King Of Cash, Painting

Daru

King Of Cash, 2021
112 x 82 x 2 cm
Painting

$3,079

Daru, Free Woman, Painting

Daru

Free Woman, 2021
107 x 100 x 1.6 cm
Painting

2,500 - $ 5,000

Daru, Mr Mariopoly & Bitcoin, Painting

Daru

Mr Mariopoly & Bitcoin, 2021
113 x 61 x 4 cm
Painting

$2,961

Daru, Hermes Pierrafeu, Painting

Daru

Hermes Pierrafeu, 2020
120 x 50 x 4 cm
Painting

$2,961

Daru, King of Art, Painting

Daru

King of Art, 2020
120 x 50 x 4 cm
Painting

$2,961

Daru, Betty Boop Shopping, Painting

Daru

Betty Boop Shopping, 2021
120 x 50 x 4 cm
Painting

$2,961

Daru, I am a Rich Lonesome, Painting

Daru

I am a Rich Lonesome, 2021
105 x 73 x 3 cm
Painting

$3,790

Daru, Fake Artist, Painting

Daru

Fake Artist, 2021
120 x 50 x 3 cm
Painting

$3,790

Daru, Vandal or Artist, Painting

Daru

Vandal or Artist, 2021
55 x 106 x 3 cm
Painting

$3,790

Daru, Vandal 2 luxe, Painting

Daru

Vandal 2 luxe, 2021
115 x 65 x 3 cm
Painting

$3,790

Daru, Marvin Money Gun, Painting

Daru

Marvin Money Gun, 2021
120 x 70 x 4 cm
Painting

2,500 - $ 5,000

Daru, Bitcoin Mouse, Painting

Daru

Bitcoin Mouse, 2021
108 x 84 x 4 cm
Painting

2,500 - $ 5,000

Daru, Love is a weapon ( Cobra ), Painting

Daru

Love is a weapon ( Cobra ), 2021
115 x 75 cm
Painting

$2,961

Daru, My Empire Ethereum, Painting

Daru

My Empire Ethereum, 2021
120 x 70 x 4 cm
Painting

Sold

Daru, New Rich, Painting

Daru

New Rich, 2021
62 x 45 x 4 cm
Painting

Sold

Daru, Bartcoin, Painting

Daru

Bartcoin, 2021
6.6 x 15.6 x 0.3 cm
Painting

Sold

Daru, Super Crypto Bros., Painting

Daru

Super Crypto Bros., 2021
32 x 44 x 2 cm
Painting

Sold

Daru, Bat Bitcoin, Painting

Daru

Bat Bitcoin, 2021
60 x 49 x 4 cm
Painting

Sold

Daru, Karl, Painting

Daru

Karl, 2021
111 x 66 x 4 cm
Painting

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Daru, Give me your money, Painting

Daru

Give me your money, 2021
120 x 51 x 3 cm
Painting

Sold

Daru, Never Mind the Money, Painting

Daru

Never Mind the Money, 2021
6.6 x 15.6 x 0.3 cm
Painting

Sold

Daru, Lego Centrique, Painting

Daru

Lego Centrique, 2021
6.6 x 15.6 x 0.3 cm
Painting

Sold

Daru, Among Bitcoin, Painting

Daru

Among Bitcoin, 2021
43 x 37 x 4 cm
Painting

Sold

Daru, Mini Donald Lagerfeld, Painting

Daru

Mini Donald Lagerfeld, 2021
40 x 35 x 4 cm
Painting

Sold

Daru, Mini Mr. Mariopoly Bitcoin, Painting

Daru

Mini Mr. Mariopoly Bitcoin, 2021
40 x 40 x 4 cm
Painting

Sold

Daru, Mini Rolex, Painting

Daru

Mini Rolex, 2021
37 x 45 x 4 cm
Painting

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Daru, New Future Bitcoin, Painting

Daru

New Future Bitcoin, 2021
40 x 40 x 4 cm
Painting

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Daru, Love Forever, Painting

Daru

Love Forever, 2021
67 x 75 x 4 cm
Painting

Sold

Daru, Good Investment!, Painting

Daru

Good Investment!, 2021
20.3 x 30.5 cm
Painting

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Daru, The New Gold, Painting

Daru

The New Gold, 2021
20.3 x 30.5 cm
Painting

Sold

Daru, I'm a rich lonesome cowboy!, Painting

Daru

I'm a rich lonesome cowboy!, 2021
20.3 x 30.5 cm
Painting

Sold

Daru, Money Fight, Painting

Daru

Money Fight, 2021
20.3 x 30.5 cm
Painting

Sold

Daru, Good Life, Painting

Daru

Good Life, 2021
20.3 x 30.5 cm
Painting

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Daru, Love, Painting

Daru

Love, 2021
120 x 52 x 3 cm
Painting

Sold

Daru, Street Vandal, Painting

Daru

Street Vandal, 2020
120 x 51 x 3 cm
Painting

Sold

Daru, No Pain No Gain, Painting

Daru

No Pain No Gain, 2020
120 x 51 x 2 cm
Painting

Sold

Daru, Jean Popeye Gaultier, Painting

Daru

Jean Popeye Gaultier, 2020
121 x 60 x 3 cm
Painting

Sold

Daru, Picsou, Painting

Daru

Picsou, 2020
112 x 60 x 3 cm
Painting

Sold

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