David Levine was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1926 and studied at the Brooklyn Museum of Art School, Pratt Institute, the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia, and the Eighth Street School of New York with Hans Hoffman.
Levine’s caricatures have been seen in Time, Newsweek, Esquire, Playboy, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, The Nation, and, for 45 years, every issue of The New York Review of Books, as well as in numerous solo and group shows.
His caricatures and paintings are part of permanent collections at the Metropolitan Museum, the Library of Congress, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the National Portrait Gallery, Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum, England’s National Portrait Gallery, the New York Public Library, and the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York.
Six books have been published of David Levine’s art, including The Arts of David Levine (Knopf, New York, 1978) and Pens and Needles (Gambit, Boston, 1969). A long, career-spanning interview with the artist appears in Drawing the Line (Fantagraphics Books, 2004). David Levine lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.