David Edward Kucera was born in San Jose, California, but moved to rural Nebraska at a young age. Kucera loved the open landscape and the freedom to roam that Nebraska provided a child. He became enchanted with the Western lifestyle and the quiet nature of the landscape. It was lonely, but beautiful and peaceful. He wondered what it was like when there were no roads or fences and people wandered freely on the land. Through his artwork, Kucera translates this passion for the Western lifestyle into works that incorporate the people, animals, and landscapes of the West. Through a colorfully rich palette, clever composition, and perspective, his work comes alive.
Kucera is a graduate of the Colorado Institute of Art, with honors, including Best Portfolio. He has won many awards, including Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of America National Exhibition in 2006 and 2007; Award of Excellence, Best Signature Member, West Regional, at the Oil Painters of America National Exhibition in 2008; and Southwest Art Quick Draw Award of Excellence (2014 and 2016), Collectors Choice Award (2015), and Artists Choice Award (2016) at Weekend in the West.
Kucera is a Masters Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America. His work is on display at the Don Huntley Western Art Collection at the W. Keith and Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California; Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia; Colorado Governor’s Residence at Boettcher Mansion; United States embassy; and on the walls of many collectors all over the world.