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David Shapiro

A New York native, the late David Shapiro attended the Pratt Institute and later earned his MFA from Indiana University. Shapiro’s works could seem simplistic at first glance — but the power of his work lies in mindful composition. Through a reserved, neutral palette and subdued patterns and markings, each distinct element works together to complement a whole.


Inspired by the tenets of Buddhism and Asian art, the late David Shapiro used simplistic systems of color, pattern, and line to create mindful, yet synergistic compositions. Shapiro’s work is currently represented by New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and The Museum of Modern Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., among other institutions.

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