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David Copher (b. 1954)  Artworks >>

David was born in Nuremberg, Germany in 1954, and a year later his family would relocate to Copperas Cove, Texas, where he’d spend most of his childhood and young adult life. He was a fiercely independent kid, and while some point to his central Texas upbringing as reason for his difficult temperament, others swear he was born “ornery, in a frightfully creative way.” Through his formative years, teachers and family were constantly surprised and impressed by his creativity, artistic talent and tactile skills – as well as his work ethic. He’d spend summers mowing neighborhood lawns to earn money, but unlike other kids, David spent his money on art supplies – buying canvas, paints, pens and sketch pads. As early as 6th grade David was producing beautiful pencil and pen & ink drawings, advancing to watercolor, oils, and acrylic in junior high. His earliest subjects included wildlife, ranch hands, and rodeo cowboys – the colorful and interesting things he saw every day in his Texas upbringing. By high school, his talents blossomed. David won numerous awards at every level, including Best of Division and Best of Show multiple times. By senior year, David was considered one of the area’s finest young artists – and athletes - serving as captain of the rodeo squad and football team as well. After graduating, David worked in the construction trades, learning from the area’s finest craftsman. He would eventually find a foundry fond of finding new talent, and sign on as an intern. The work was grueling, but rewarding, as he honed his skills creating molds, casting, and completing sculptures that were complex, and beautiful. He’d also continue his athletic career (no, not in the NFL), participating as a rodeo bull rider, bronco rider, and clown bullfighter to earn extra money. Today, Dave still performs around the nation as a PRCA rodeo clown and poet. But we’ll get to that. The need for steady income pushed him out of the foundry into full time work. David launched PCI (Pinta Construction Inc.), a general contracting firm that designed and built residential housing and motels, including a number of Motel 6 properties across the nation. As PCI grew to a multi-million dollar business, David’s love of art never wavered. In his free time, often late at night, he’d create stunning work in pen & ink; etchings; water colors, oils, and designed his first bronze sculptures. The successful sale of PCI in 1980 gave Dave the freedom to do what he loved most: his art. His debut show was in 1981, in Cocoanut Grove, Florida. The show featured his western themed bronzes and oils, and was such a success; it spurred David to expand his vision, scope and life experience for his art. He took to the road – spending a year in San Francisco painting and sculpting, followed by a year in Miami, Florida where he added photography to his expansive list of talents. The early reviews were sensational and his work was gaining attention from museums, private collectors and gallery’s around the world. In 1985, David was awarded a grant by South West Texas University to illustrate a major anthropological textbook – featuring tools used by the Mayans. He was inspired by the brilliance of the Mayan culture, and after the text was completed he designed his acclaimed “Mayan Kings” bronze sculpture series – which he would eventually cast in the early 2000’s. Throughout his life, David’s love of, and passion for rodeo never waned. A talented bull and bronc rider since his younger days, in the mid 80’s he would become a rodeo clown, perhaps the most dangerous and athletic position in the rodeo program. He was instantly a crowd favorite at major rodeo’s in Texas and throughout the southwest. His innovative comedy routines, combined with his fearless talent for protecting the cowboys, made DC one the most sought after clowns on the circuit. His love of art and rodeo came together in perfect harmony in 2001, when his famous “Ro

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