David Drebin Canadian, b. 1970


David Drebin is a master in his field and his unique oeuvre is characterized by complexity. Whether mystically staged "Femme Fatales" or "Dreamscapes" that invite meditative contemplation, all his works have one thing in common: They have become classics within a short period of time. Drebin is a storyteller who lets us dive into another world with his pictures and encourages us to dream. Staging dramatic icons within opulent cityscapes from New-York to Hong-Kong, Drebin's pictures tell us a story. Real stills from movies, they depict its climax, that very moment when everything is about to change. Indeed, the profound cinematographic nature of Drebin's work is to be linked to his inclination for topics such as melancholy, humor and sensuality. Both voyeuristic and psychological, his creations have the ability to resurface deeply buried emotions within each and every one of us.


David Drebin is a multidisciplinary artist working in various art forms producing limited edition works including Photographs, Lightboxes, Neon light Installations, Sculptures and Etchings on Glass.

In 2005, Drebin had his first solo exhibition at Camera Work in Berlin. This was followed by his first comprehensive illustrated book entitled “Love and Other Stories” in 2007 and this zeitgeist moment was followed by a stream of worldwide representation by some of the finest galleries globally.

Drebin's photographs are epic, dramatic and, above all, cinematic and have been collected around the world. In a unique and opulent way, Drebin stages femme fatales against the gigantic backdrops of cities such as Hong Kong, New York, and Paris. The panorama of the big cities, is both a cinematic settings and an hommage to the film industry. With their impressive skyscrapers, they provide the viewer with a nearly infinite surface for the imagination. The distinctive tension and depth in his pictures arise from the free combination of such topics as humor, melancholy and sensuality.


Regularly published by TeNeues, his books are often paired with exhibitions in the most prestigious international galleries and art fairs from Miami to Istanbul, alongside with legendary artists like Helmut Newton, Chuck Close or Andy Warhol. Now part of the most famous private collections worldwide, some of his photographs have reached record prices _ such as "Central Park" _ which was sold for $78,000 at Art Miami in 2010, or, more recently, "Jerusalem" which was sold for $100,000.