David Jon Kassan (born 1977 in Little Rock, Arkansas) is a contemporary American painter best known for his life-size realist portraits.
He received his B.F.A. in 1999 from the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY. He continued his studies at The National Academy, and the Art Students League of New York, both in Manhattan, and won awards for his paintings from the Portrait Society of America, the Art Students League of New York, the Society of Illustrators, and Communications Arts magazine. He has also won the Newington-Cropsy Foundation’s Travel Grant, which allowed him to travel, study and sketch in Italy in the summer of 2003. There he conducted sketch studies of various masterworks, which are source of inspiration to his own work.
Kassan currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, and teaches painting classes and workshops at various institutions around the world.