David Diao was born in China in 1943. He left with his grandparents for Hongkong in October 1949 at the moment of the Communist takeover. At age 12 he joined his father in New York where he has lived and worked ever since. He began showing his work in 1969 at Paula Cooper and Leo Castelli. He participated in several Whitney Biennials in the 70s. Forty years later he was included in the most recent 2014 version. He joined Postmasters Gallery upon its establishment in 1985 and his work has had much visibility in New York since then.