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Born on April 1st, 1981,  David Mutnjaković  is a Visual Artist, writer, puppeteer, poet, renegade animator. David's grandmother escaped out of Croatia, a village called Stara Gradiska in the early 1960's. Carrying his father and aunt on her back she walked the frontier to Austria, they made their way to England, and took the long voyage by boat to Canada where David was born.

Dave Mutnjakovic was diagnosed with a chronic disorder that causes his guts to burn and bleed, it nearly killed him when he was 13. 

"I was on the brink of death. I had two surgeries and then recovered," he said. "It was a hard road and it continued for six, seven years until I discovered the creative energy which was willing itself to be born out of me."

David's style cannot be defined by conventional language, secret alphabets, or open dialogs. Like the open scars inside him, his work must be felt. 

His life is chronicled through his storytelling & by his intense attention to detail illustrated in his visionary work. 

He received his two BFA's in Film Animation and Community Art Education. He created a Creative Arts Education Program where he teaches "meaningful play" to children and young adults who seek the space to solve their own problems through the spontaneous magical act of art making in the city where he is based, Montreal.

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Exhibits  

2018OUF! Festival Off Casteliers - Festival des arts de la marionnettes

2017 arteSPACE Exhibition, Concordia University, Montreal, QC

2016 "Gutted" Exhibtion, Galerie Carrots & Dates, Windsor, On

2016 "When There is Nothing Left to Burn" Exhibition, Galerie Mile-End, Montreal, QC

2016 Galerie POPOP - Circa, Montreal, QC



Publications & Press

2016 Prosthetic Reality, An Augmented Reality Art Book, Melbourne Australia
https://eyejackapp.com/products/prosthetic-reality-book

The Windsor Star, Published on: December 18, 2016
http://windsorstar.com/news/local-news/art-exhibit-at-carrots-n-dates

CBC Windsor,
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/art-exhibit-bowel-disease-1.3903627

 

Teaching EXPERIENCE

• Perspectives I High School - Montreal QC
Creative Arts Educator - Using a therapeutic approach to teaching  art lessons such as writing, drawing, painting, hip hop music workshops.
Allow « at risk » youth to express their stories, and balance emotions. 

• Sherbrooke Academy Jr - Montreal QC
Creative Arts Educator - Mixing creative arts education with a holistic approach to stress management.
Students between the ages of 6 to 10 explore the healing power of the imagination

• Sherbrooke Academy Sr. - Montreal QC
TEAM (Together everyone achieves more)- A sports based instruction designed to teach qualities of sportsmanship and the application of these qualities to all facets of life.

• Options High School - Montreal QC
Creative Arts Educator - A one on one approach is used to guide students toward their dreams through a stop motion animation exploration program.

• Venture Outreach/Alternative High School- Montreal QC
Job Skills Workshop - Teaching students the reality of job searching in the modern world.

• Visual Arts Centre - Westmount Montreal QC
2017-18
Art Educator - Puppet making workshops and Imagination development for a student population 6 - 8 years old.

L’École Le Sommet , Montreal QC
2016-17
Art Educator for Adolescents with special needs

Nesbit Elementary School, Montreal QC
2015-16
Educator, Teacher Assistant Differentiated Classrooms Grade 4-5. One on One workshops with children with special needs.

Centre D'Activites Recreatives et Educatives,
Montreal QC 2015
Educator, Personal Support Worker for people in wheelchairs