David Diao is a legendary abstract modernist who first attracted attention with his show at Paula Cooper Gallery in 1969. From his play with reductionist iconography to his wry commentary on the historical legacy of art stars such as Ad Reinhardt and Jackson Pollock to his silkscreen series, Diao’s works exhibit his painstaking attention to art theory and painterly detail. His recent solo exhibition at Postmasters Gallery in New York (2005) exhibited new works that cross into his interest in modern architecture. He has since shown all over the world, including at the Whitney Museum where he taught in the Whitney Independent Study Program for many years. He is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant.