David Brody was born in New York City. He did undergraduate work at Columbia University and Bennington College and received an MFA in painting from Yale University. His paintings and drawings have been shown in over one hundred exhibitions in the US and in Europe. These include solo shows at Gallery NAGA in Boston, Esther Claypool Gallery in Seattle, Gescheidle in Chicago, and Galeria Gilde in Portugal. His group exhibitions include shows at the Chicago Center for the Print, the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, The Museum of Fine Arts at Florida State University and at The Painting Center, Alternative Museum, and Bridgewater Fine Arts in New York City. His work has also been shown at the ARCO Art Fair in Madrid, the RipArte Art Fair in Rome, the Trevi Flash Art Museum, in Trevi, Italy, the FAC Art Fair in Lisbon and at Art Chicago in the US.
His work has been published and written about in two monographs and in many articles and reviews. An exhibit at the Esther Claypool Gallery in Seattle was described by the Seattle Weekly as, “daring, humorous, and superbly executed”; in Artforum they wrote: “Brody's . . .paintings . . . provide a stunning visual punch . . . [and] are rendered with a bravura that is both compelling and hypnotic.”; and, in Art in America they said, “A highly intelligent artist . . . Brody is absolutely serious about technique. An emphasis on fine drawing, delicate surfaces and careful considerations of color and light informs all his pictures.” In addition, Brody has been written about in many other publications including The Boston Globe, the New Art Examiner, the Spanish journal, Lapiz, and in the Lisbon daily O Público.
Brody has received numerous awards. He's been both a Fulbright Scholar and a Guggenheim Fellow, received the Basil H. Alkazzi Award in Painting, an Elizabeth Foundation Grant, and two Massachusetts Artist Fellowships. At the University of Washington he was awarded two Royalty Research Fund grants and five Wyckoff Milliman Endowment for Faculty Excellence awards. He currently holds the Hermine Pruzan Faculty Fellowship.
He has lectured or been a visiting critic at Carnegie Mellon University, MIT, The University of Chicago, Harvard University, Capital Normal University in Beijing and at the China Art Academy in Hangzhou.
He's filmed two college-level courses for The Great Courses (The Teaching Company) that are available for download and on DVD. The first, on drawing, is titled .
The second is a painting course titled, . He created a companion site to his Great Courses, . The site covers many resources related to painting and drawing including materials, useful websites, and artists' videos. It also includes an extensive hyperlinked bibliography.
He has been a in Seattle since 1996.
Professor Brody has had a parallel career in music. He has published five books on traditional music including the best selling . He has performed at music festivals in the United States, Europe, and Canada and has appeared at Avery Fisher Hall and Symphony Space in New York City and on Garrison Keillor's radio show "A Prairie Home Companion". He has recorded with The Klezmer Conservatory Band and other artists on the Rounder, Vanguard, and Flying Fish labels. He is currently writing and performing original music and lyrics. To learn more please visit .