David Barista is an artist and educator from Palos Heights, IL who currently lives and works in Decatur, IL. Barista graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a BFA with an emphasis in art education. Barista works in a variety of media including painting, drawing, collage, and printmaking, and he has exhibited his artwork across the Chicagoland area. Barista’s artwork depicts images from popular culture and daily life with the aim and intention to celebrate and chronicle shared experiences. Through the use of particular motifs, I hope to encode, decode, and then discover meaning and knowledge about myself and the world.