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David Shapiro, born in 1944 in Brooklyn, NY, studied at the Pratt Institute before receiving his MFA from Indiana University in 1968. Shapiro's early works were marked by a geometric and minimalist aesthetic, evolving into more complex and expressive compositions over time. Shapiro’s paintings and prints comprise a highly personal language of signs and symbols evoking a subtle mood of contemplation. Suggesting constellations of heavenly bodies, or human thoughts, these works appear to visually and psychologically, if not mythically, intersect, overlap, and merge with one another. His works often employ a vibrant color palette, intricate shapes, and dynamic textures, creating visually engaging and emotionally resonant abstract forms.


David Shapiro's art has been showcased in major museums and institutions like the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, the University of Chicago, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Beyond his artistic practice, Shapiro has played a crucial role in art education, teaching at institutions like the School of Visual Arts in New York, further contributing to his lasting impact on the art world.

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