Michael David is the Serenbe Institute’s first Distinguished Visiting Artist. An American-born painter raised in Brooklyn, he attended SUNY Fredonia for one year and in 1976 received a B.F.A. from Parsons School of Design. David is classified as an abstract painter, best known for his use of the encaustic technique. He is also known for his works in mixed-media figure painting, photography and environmental sculpture. His work is included in the permanent public collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum and the Jewish Museum in New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Edward Albee Foundations, and The American Academy of Arts and Letters.