David Levine (12/20/1926-12/29/2009) was born in Brooklyn, New York. He has worked as a draughtsman, painter, and printmaker. Levine believes the essence of all visual art is drawing. He has created caricatures that target the corruption that takes place in politics, professions, and art. Having always enjoyed depicting beach scenes, he published a book featuring Coney Island and Campo Beach in Connecticut in 1962. Levine has done around 5,000 drawings for the "New York Review of Books," and in 1975 illustrated "Aesop's Fables." He creates his characters in a style often classified as 'illustration'. During the last three decades Levine has earned awards and honors too numerous to list individually. Among the most important are a 1967 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 1983 elected member status and a 1992 Gold Medal issued by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1997 he won the first annual Rotring Fellowship for Caricature and Critical Graphic Art. His one-person exhibitions encompass such institutions as the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England, the Galerie Claude Bernard in Paris, France, and the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C.. In total, Levine has participated in nearly one hundred exhibitions worldwide. Levine's work may be viewed in a host of private collections, museums, and corporations including New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Washington D.C.'s National Portrait Gallery.