David Paul Downs was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1978. He taught himself to draw at an early age, motivated by an interest in art. In college he majored in photography and fell in love with the darkroom processes of black and white photography. In the late 90's David taught himself to paint in oils, which has become his preferred medium since.
Currently, David lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. His recent works move between heavily painted works on canvas to photographic transfers onto painted paper or canvas. His paintings have been exhibited in New York City and Chicago and have been published in several books, including die Zeit of Drawing (Climate/Gallery), International Dictionary of Artists (World Wide Art Books), and self-published books, New American Landscape and David Paul Downs, Recent Works (Sprocketbox Entertainment)