David Shapiro (American, 1944–2014) was born in 1944 in Brooklyn, New York. He studied at Pratt Institute and received his MFA from Indiana University in 1968.
Shapiro is known for his multimedia works that display symbol-based abstractions. Buddhism and Asian art heavily influenced his work, including inspiration from meditation, yoga, and calligraphy. Balance, harmony, and muted color schemes are all elements found in his abstract work. Shapiro's work also takes influence from nature, apparent in a number of his series.
Shapiro taught and lectured at numerous universities including Barnard College and the Parsons School. He had over 80 solo shows in galleries and museums across the United States, Japan, England, and Canada. In addition to painting and drawing, Shapiro created more than 50 editions of prints.
David Shapiro died in 2014 in New York after a long battle with cancer. His works can be found in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, University of Chicago, Cleveland Museum of Art, Smithsonian, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art in Nagoya, Japan, and The Museum of Modern Art in New York, among others.