David Zinn has stalked the streets of Ann Arbor, Michigan, creating temporary illustrations with chalk and charcoal. Zinn improvises each piece on the spot and makes use of found objects, street fixtures, and stairsteps to create trompe l’oeil illusions.
David Zinn has been creating original street art in and around Ann Arbor since 1987, serving all manner of clients from small shops to major municipalities. His artistic style and professional approach are grounded in a desire to communicate concepts clearly, and with a sense of humor where appropriate. David has created posters, business logos, book illustrations, educational cartoons, museum signage, t-shirt designs, murals, greeting cards, environmental superheroes, corporate allegories and hand-painted dump trucks. His artwork has been reproduced in Canada, England, Scotland, South Korea, Japan, and Australia, and can also be found on the inside of dumpsters in Ann Arbor and the outside of buses in Anchorage.
David is a self-taught artist with a B.A. in Creative Writing and English Language from the Residential College of the University of Michigan. He has taught creative writing, scenic painting, and theatrical makeup design, performed in and directed several Gilbert & Sullivan operas, recorded audiobooks, and hosted two children’s radio shows (The Rug Rat Revue on WCBN-FM and The Mud Pie Cafe on Michigan Radio). David is also a passionate sidewalk chalk artist, an avid whistler, and a haphazard ukulele player.