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BIOGRAPHY - David Brega B. 1948

David Brega is recognized today as one of the country’s foremost contemporary painters of still life. Throughout his nearly thirty-five year career, he has carved out a specialty in trompe l’oeil - a branch of still life painting which mimics reality so closely that the viewer is fooled into thinking he is seeing real objects and not an actual painting.

Brega has found his own way within the parameters of the trompe l’oeil genre. He has done this by seeking out objects whose forms and historical associations touch him, by arranging them in spare, carefully wrought compositions, and by mastering a technique that is breathtakingly accomplished. At times Brega departs from his usual subject matter but primarily, he revels in traditional boundaries of his art, pulling subject matter, strong design, ambience, and cleverness together with his own unique sense of humor and his individual standard of beauty.

David was born on Christmas Day with his twin brother Douglas and raised in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts. He studied under the tutelage of Ken Davies at the Paier School of Art in New Haven, Connecticut and attended both the San Francisco Art Institute and the Los Angeles Trade Technical College in California.

In 1986 David had his first solo exhibition at Alexander Gallery on Madison Avenue in New York and a second followed in 1991. In 2000 the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts mounted a twenty-five year retrospective exhibition of David’s work, together with the watercolors of his brother Douglas. The retrospective, aptly titled “Oil and Water,” traveled to the Albrecht-Kemper Museum in St. Joseph, Missouri in 2001. David’s solo show, “Eyeful,” opened at Vose Galleries of Boston in 2003 and more recently his work has been featured in exhibitions at the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, Connecticut and the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, Massachusetts. 

David’s work is also in permanent collections at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri and the Albrecht-Kemper Museum in St. Joseph, Missouri. Seven of David’s works are part of the MASCO and Monoogian Collection in Taylor, Michigan.