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David Stein

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA


Has lived in NY, MA, OR, Baja MX, Sonora, MX, VA and IN


Travels include Haiti, Honduras, Guatemala, Israel, Germany, Denmark, Spain, New Zealand, and 46 US States


Currently living & working in Albuquerque, NM


Born in 1968, and growing up in the 70's and 80's, Dave went through many experiences that shaped his unique creative sense, including a broken home, parental mental illness, violence, alternative religious education through the Unitarian Universalist church, and 4 years in a reform school in Western Massachusetts for at-risk youth. He began painting and designing in his teens; including taking classes at Berkshire Community College in Western Massachusetts in Graphic Design at age 17. By age 20 he was a full-time Fine & Applied Arts student at the Rochester Institute of Technology, enjoying acclaim and independent study privileges with his unique and prolific expressionistic work. Although unable to complete his degree studies at RIT, Dave's path in life allowed him to travel extensively and expand his creative and cultural experience. For various reasons, however, Dave did not paint or draw regularly for over 20 years, although he continued working actively in graphic design and photography during that period. A return to his first artistic love, painting, in 2012, has produced a new and growing body of unique, exciting work with a maturity and depth that complements the exuberance captured in each image. His paintings reflect a lifetime of serious reflection, pain and joy, and finally, peace. His work has been described as "cerebral", "whimsically surreal," and "hauntingly expressionist." He considers his work to be contemplative, but also process-driven. Above all, he values and seeks to convey wonder, social critique, and a sense of the mystery of the creative process. Dave's at times focuses on issues of mental health as well as social, political, and religious justice but maintains fidelity to that mysterious process, regardless of the result. While living in west central Indiana from 2017 to 2023, Dave became active in the local arts community, and was a board member of The Arts Federation ( from 2020-2023, serving as Board Vice President for Sustainability until relocating to New Mexico in spring of 2023.


BS Liberal Studies, Excelsior College

Art Education

1985-1987 Berkshire Community College

1987-1991 Rochester Institute of Technology


Exhibitions & Shows

5/3/2024 - 5/11/2024  OffCenter Community Arts Project Little Houses & Big Hearts, annual art exhibition and silent auction fundraiser, FUSION Theatre & Gallery Albuquerque, NM  Artwork Contributor 

2/2/2024 - 2/23/2024 JETER | STEIN  

Alexander-Heath Contemporary, Roanoke VA

8/4/2023-9/3/2023- [POINTS IN INDIAN] Jesse Littlebird Lead artist & curator.

A guided group show. FUSION Gallery presented by Lapis Room  Albuquerque NM. 

6/1/2021-6/25/2021- PAREIDOLIA, PROPHETS, PRAIRIES, AND POLITICS: A SOJOURNER'S VISIONS IN HOOSIERLAND  TAF's Wells Community Center, West Gallery. Lafayette, IN. Solo Exhibition.

6/19/2019 & 9/27/2019 - THE ARTS FEDERATION Gallery Walk. R.P Venue, Lafayette, IN, Featured Artist.

10/12/2018 - 11/4/2018 - STATE OF THE ART: ART OF THE STATE, Prairie Arts Council, Carnegie Center - Lillian Fendig Gallery, Rensselaer, IN. Juried exhibition..

10/5/2018 - 10/26/2018 -  2nd Annual Trinity Episcopal Church National Juried Exhibition, "Who Is My Neighbor?" Sacramento, CA. 

11/3/2017 - 11/22/2017 - SOCIAL THOUGHTS EXHIBITION, Indiana University Union Street Gallery, Kokomo, IN. An exhibition curated by IU Kokomo student intern Janet Meek dealing with social issues.


6/1/2017 - 12/31/2017 -TRINARY EVOLUTION: A PUBLIC EXHIBITION; Roanoke, VA 16West Market Building & Gallery. Solo Artist 


3/13/2017 - 4/7/12017 - 32nd ANNUAL POSITIVE/NEGATIVE NATIONAL JURIED ART EXHIBITION, Slocumb Gallery at Eastern Tennessee State University.  Juror: Anja Foerschner, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles. 


12/2/2016 - 1/27/2017 - "The Gift" exhibit, Fleda A Ring Artworks, Roanoke VA contributing artist (curated exhibit); The Gift: La Liberte' Des Trois"

11/1/2016 - 12/1/2016 - FL3TCH3R EXHIBIT - Socially & Politically Engaged Art, The Reece Museum, Eastern Tennessee State University. Juror- Selected Participating Artist.


9/23/2016 - 11/22/2016 - COMMUNITY ARTS PROJECT; Roanoke, VA 16West Market Building & Gallery

Co-Featured Artist (Pareidoloian Series)


6/4/2016 - 6/5/2016 - Taubman Museum Sidewalk Art Show; Roanoke VA

Participating Artist


3/4/2016 - 3/26/2016 - Alexander-Heath Contemporary 

Solo Exhibition; Roanoke VA


12/2015 - RED exhibit, Fleda A Ring Artworks, Roanoke VA contributing artist (by invitation).


10/2015 - {Lightwell Lounge and Gallery} @ Aurora Apartments and Art studios, "Hard Hat" exhibition, Roanoke VA. contributing artist (by invitation)


2013-2015 - 16 West Marketplace Roanoke, VA rotating artists/works.






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