David “LEBO” Le Batard – Postmodern Cartoon Expressionist

Lebo designs can be seen on anything from a ship to a canvas, a guitar to a shirt.

David Lebo . David "LEBO" Le Batard was born in New York City in 1972 to Cuban parents. He was raised in South Florida. He is widely recognized for working in a wide spectrum of creative medium including murals, paintings and sculptures.  The innovator of Postmodern Cartoon Expressionism, a movement that applied cartoon imagery and combined it with richly saturated balances of colour, unique linear composition and ranging from the abstract to the highly narrative inspiring emotion and creating layers of meaning.

My aim in creating is to explore the purest, most spiritual elements of the arts and sciences (from astronomy to history, from music to physics) and to interpret them through the language of cartoons, giving them a unique and vibrant voice. After all, cartoons are a primordial form of expression that have always combined images in order to tell stories. We have only to think of rock paintings, hieroglyphics or religious iconography for our proof. In reality, even when we look at Picasso’s work after 1905, it all becomes very hard edged yet organic. The very essence of cartooning.ʼ – David ‘LEBO’ Le Batard

LEBO is more than an abstract artist and mural painter.  He is a storyteller, a draftsman, and colourist who used the iconographic and emblematic power that exist in cartoons to create a graphic language that continually evolves in all applications of his art. 

LEBO, 2011 Interview with SensibleReason.com I think there’s an underlying message in what I do: it's a message of hopefulness. I really try to explore that in as many ways as I can. One main way that I do and that I'm doing now as well is really studying natural principles. So that can be studying botany, or organic science, or astronomy and really trying to extract the things that make us who we are by studying those different things and magnifying those things. The things that make us the same, basically, verses the things that make us different. Which is what I think I spend a lot of time doing. When I in my teens, it was all about, you know, "Well how am I different?" My way of thinking is like this, and these people's way is like that and so forth. So over the years I've kind of had a real strong penchant for philosophy, for the past 15 years. And I think the more I have come closer to that the more I have become interested in the things that make us the same, and particularly the positive things that make us the same, and those are the things I tend to really explore over and over again.

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You might draw the conclusion that I liked LEBO's work, as I bought 4 of them. The boys liked Mr Le Batard

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