Born David Sole, in Colorado Springs, Soler was first introduced to art through graffiti culture that surrounded him in the urban neighborhoods of Aurora in which he grew-up. They were moments of beauty among the ugly and torn down. Graffiti art would also be where he gained his name, Soler that would come to stick long after he stopped writing his name with spray paint. He witnessed how hard work pays off when his mother would spend long nights at her office or studying and went from receptionist to Certified Public Accountant. During Middle School, David and his mother moved to the suburbs of Lakewood. He was very bright; his standardized test scores would place him in the top 99th percentile, however, he was diagnosed with a high level of ADHD, which is a common side effect of creativity. Some teachers recognized this and encouraged him to draw in order to focus.
Soler always had an affinity to art. He used drawing to escape his harsh reality growing up and to self-treat his ADHD in school. Eventually he lost his way and was consumed by a life of selling/using drugs with graffiti-art being the only passion in his life. He was arrested multiple times, got away with some felonies and felt invincible. Eventually it caught up to him as a judge saw his record, how many felonies he escaped and gave him the option of boarding school or jail. Thanks to that judge he was able to finally leave behind a dangerous and detrimental life. Soler made the right decision and decided to pursue a career out of his passion for art and enrolled in the Art Institute of Colorado.
Unaware as to what type of artist he wanted to become he pursued animation, which led to graphic design. Eventually he realized he was meant to be a fine artist and commercial arts would never hold his full commitment and interest. Realizing that the commercial arts dominated the Art Institute of Colorado he transferred to the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design.
At RMCAD Soler finally felt like he found his calling. Double majoring in Fine Arts Painting and Illustration, he got the best of both worlds. His illustration classes demanded technical excellence, while his fine arts classes stressed concept. Although he had only painted a few canvases prior, his dedication and drive passed down from his mother, began to show very early in his work. At the end of his first year his fine art piece "Walls Eye View," as well as multiple illustrations were accepted into RMCAD's Annual Student Show. His work was amongst the best of both degree classes, and he finally felt like he was fulfilling his calling in life.
At the beginning of his senior semester Soler had a rock climbing accident that nearly took his life. He fell 65 feet straight down and was air rushed to the nearest hospital. Doctors and first responders at the scene were amazed that from that height he didn't die. For three weeks in the hospital he fought the hardest battle of his life. He broke his pelvis in multiple places, broke almost all his ribs, fractured his spine, and had brain bleeding. With tenacity he would relearn to breathe, eat and walk again, the same drive that was evident in his artwork led to a miraculous full recovery.
The near death accident would come as a blessing in disguise. Just like the doctors, Soler was bewildered that he could survive such a fall and not be paralyzed. He came to realize that his life and ability to create art was still intact but he had yet to show the world his art. His newfound purpose amplified his already high work ethic. He became very prolific the next semester, as he juggled his numerous art commissions, his studio work, and his schoolwork. Although he had an impressive body of work, he had never attached to a single style or created a cohesive body of work prior to this breakout semester. That would change.
His aha! moment came after he fused his illustration and fine art training for his "Metaxis" series. On large 8' long canvases he began to paint stylistically akin to his unique charcoal hatching he developed through a commissioned piece (Above the Clouds). With concepts derived from philosophy, Soler explored ways the human figure and emotions could convey metaphysical concepts. Plato used the term Metaxis to describe a state of in-between. Pushed by experiencing the in-between of life and death, and utilizing skills in-between Illustration and Fine Arts, Soler's work had reached a new level.
Since Graduation Soler has moved to Huntington Beach California for a year and then decided he would rather help build the already blossoming art scene in the hometown mile high city. Right out of the gate and In both cities he has found success in the form of art commissions, curated shows and auction sales. in 2015 he took his unique “scribble-hatch” painting technique and started building a body of work called Infinite Skills Create Miracles. Title and style stemmed from that charcoal hip-hop drawing, Above the Clouds, with Soler experimenting with paint textures and color glazes. Passions, inspirations, and skills are highlighted by subjects ranging from common man to historical pioneers.
While continuing to build on both bodies at the same time he can fulfill commissions while strengthening each body and technique. In some of his free time away from the studio, Soler can be found conceptualizing future pieces. As a preview, one epic masterpiece paying homage to Goya is 8 paragraphs of intriguing thoughts that build on his roots to bring up very current, pressing issues.