David Leffel

b. 1931

David Leffel


New York City


Classical real still life and portrait painting, teaching

Born and raised in New York City, David Leffel is a painter in the style of early Dutch and Flemish painters such as Vermeer and Rembrandt.  His childhood was quite different from most children as he spent eleven years, from the ages of 4 until 15, in the hospital with osteomyelitis, a bone disease.  During this time, he developed a love of art expression, especially drawing.

Following high school graduation, Leffel attended Parsons School of Design and Fordham University and worked odd jobs in California and New York.  He enrolled in the Art Students League in New York, and eventually taught there for 20 years.