David A Leffel’s peers not only recognize him as a painters’ painter, but he is also considered by many to be no less than the artistic reincarnation of Rembrandt. He grew up in New York City where he had a brief career in advertising, but eventually came to chiaroscuro painting at the Art Students League with Frank Mason. Soon he would become a revered instructor there, sharing his special understanding of painting with thousands of students from all over the world.
Colleagues and collectors alike recognize him as a modern master. Although his subjects range from figure and portrait to landscape and still life, his real subject matter is light flowing and drifting over surfaces. His work can be found in permanent Museum collections throughout this country as well as numerous private collections here and abroad. Leffel has written two books that have met worldwide acclaim for their ability to integrate his understanding of technical aspects of painting with his philosophy and humor. Appreciated by artists and collectors alike, An Artist Teaches and Self-Portraits: A Visual Journey of Insight have both been published under Bright Light Fine Art and Publishing.