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David Silverberg (BBHS ’53)

Born: 1936, Montreal, Quebec

David Silverberg began studying art at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts with Group of Seven artist Arthur Lismer at the age of 7.  He continued his art studies when he attended BBHS with artist and educator Anne Savage.

Silverberg graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University in 1957.  Soon after, he moved to Paris where he studied etching and engraving with William Hayter at Atelier 17. There he was fortunate to be in contact with important artists such as Max Ernest and Marc Chagall who influenced his approach to art. Silverberg soon started to develop a unique personal style in his  engravings.

Silverberg’s work shows his interest in a variety of subjects such as nature, erotica, Jewish themes, and scenes from the many countries he visited.  His interest in Jewish themes is particularly evident in his illustrations for The Song of Songs and The Psalms of David (1967). As well as printmaking, Silverberg worked in batik, ceramics, and photography.  He also designed the sets for the DancEast production of The Nutcracker.

In addition to art, Silverberg had a passion for travel.  Throughout his life he visited and/or lived in almost 80 countries, spending extended time in China, where he was invited by the government to travel, teach, and exhibit in 1991 and 1992.

In 1963, Silverberg was invited to set up a printmaking department at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick where he taught for 32 years, leaving in 1995, to become an artist-in-residence at Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

His work is represented in over 25 government, corporate and public collections. He has had more than 200 solo shows in Canada, the United States, and internationally. His work has been featured in group exhibitions with many famous 20th century artists including Dali, Miro, Vasarely, Calder, Picasso, Hayter, Braque, and Marc Chagall.

In 1986 Silverberg was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, London, England and in 1994 he was appointed a member of the Royal Canadian Academy.

Silverberg and his wife Yvette reside in Wolfville, NS, where he maintains his studio.


David Silverberg, Art History, Concordia University
David Silverberg, Fog Forest Gallery