David Josef Tamargo is a Cuban American artist, jewelry designer, and curator for emerging contemporary art. He is of Cuban and Jewish descent. Tamargo grew up in Miami, where he received his BFA in Photography at University of Florida.
Tamargo has described his work as a visual journey into situational fantasy. He uses landscapes to focus on the formation of identity, Tamargo works in various mediums such as photography, installation, sculpture, performance, jewelry and video. Tamargo has a jewelry line titled, Alligator Jesus, that consists of custom silver and gold casts of alligators or human body parts. His artistic process in making the jewelry is highly tedious.
In 2011, Tamargo discovered a one-of-a-kind Takashi Murakami diamond ring at a pawn shop in Miami, FL. He went back and forth with the pawn shop to eventually get it back to Murakami. His efforts were so appreciated that Murakami wears Tamargo's jewelry line, Alligator Jesus, to this day.