Born in New York City, Brody did undergraduate work at Columbia University and Bennington College. He received an MFA in painting from Yale University (1983). In addition to solo exhibitions at Gallery NAGA in Boston, Esther Claypool in Seattle, Gescheidle in Chicago, and Galeria Gilde in Portugal his work has been shown in over 70 group exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Rome, Florence and many other cities in the US and Europe. His work has also been shown at the ARCO Art Fair in Madrid, the RipArte Art Fair in Rome, the FAC Art Fair in Lisbon, and at Art Chicago.
Brody has received numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Grant, a Basil Alkazzi Award, an Elizabeth Foundation Grant, two Massachusetts Artist Fellowships, and two UW Royalty Research Fund grants. His work has been written about in many publications including The Boston Globe, New Art Examiner, the Spanish journal, Lapiz, and in the Lisbon daily O Publico. In Artforum they wrote, "Brody's . . .paintings . . . provide a stunning visual punch . . . rendered with a bravura that is both compelling and hypnotic." In Art in America, Sue Taylor wrote, "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." Brody has been a professor at the University of Washington in Seattle since 1996.
He has had a parallel career in music. To learn more about this aspect of his work please visit www.davidbrodymusic.com.