David Moreno b. 1957

David Moreno was born in Los Angeles in 1957. He received his BFA from the University of Arizona, and subsequently studied at California Institute of Arts. He moved to New York and began to work at MoMA in 1988, but then left to live in Turkey for a year. He then returned to MoMA, working in the Department of Drawings.

Moreno takes a singular approach to rule-based art, creating pieces which both follow and disrupt specific geometries. To create his pieces he has used sheet glass, paper strips, fans, and eye droppers. His drawings explore process and chance, as do his paintings, photographs, and kinetic sound works. In his piece Quietly Oscillating, Moreno lined up sixteen speakers on the floor connecting to stretched slinky toys above, creating a colonnade of springs and allowing viewers to perceive sound visually. His photographs, appearing in the show PackedSockDrawer, consisted of carefully composed and repeating concentric-circles.


A favorite of curators and critics (he was included in a 1990 show co-curated by Jerry Saltz), Moreno has won the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (catalogue), and the American Academy Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts, New York, Purchase Award.


Moreno’s work has been featured in MoMA, New York; Center for Contemporary Art, Chicago; and the Neuberger Museum at SUNY, Purchase. Moreno attended California Institute of the Arts and is a winner of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award.


He lives and works in New York.