Bicycle portraits roll into local gallery inside Arte de la Vida


There are millions of bicycles on this planet, and their owners often grow a very personal attachment to their trusty rides. Many individuals customize and personalize their bicycle, thus making it as unique as the individual who designed it.

Tucson based artist David Kish has been working on an art exhibit that captures the unique spirt of bikes, using reclaimed materials like cardboard. These real sized “bicycle portraits” are all made from materials Kish gathered from the local streets and parking lots.

Each one of Kish’s pieces recreate bike parts like spokes and sprockets, and pay tribute to iconic bike brands and styles, like Schwinn and the World War II Huffman military bike.

Kish’s bicycle portraits will be on display in the Galeria Senita gallery from Feb.5 to March 4.  The gallery is located in Mexican arts and crafts shop Arte de la Vida, located at 37 N. Tucson Blvd. The reception for this show takes place on Feb. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Kish studied art, architecture and economics at Lehigh University and was born and raised in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He has worked in many art mediums and roles, including his cartoons and past teaching high school art.

His “Hoopleville” cartoons, found at, have become iconic in Tucson and various other cities. His cartoon was a regular in Tucson Weekly and other alternative publications such as the Boston Phoenix.

Arte de la Vida buys, sells and shows artwork of all mediums. Their website has a call for artists to submit their works for consideration in future collections.

For more information on David Kish, visit his website

To learn more about Arte de la Vida and their gallery, visit

Photo courtesy of David Kish
Photo courtesy of David Kish

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