David LaChapelle was born in Connecticut in 1963 and attended high school at North Carolina School of The Arts.
At age 15, he moved to New York City, was discovered by Andy Warhol and began working at Interview Magazine.
LaChapelle’s vision and approach to image making quickly gained international interest as the artist began to expand the genre of photography. By 1991, The New York Times predicted, “LaChapelle is certain to influence the work of a new generation… in the same way that Mr. Avedon pioneered so much of what is familiar today.”
In the decades ahead, LaChapelle’s body of work established him as an icon of contemporary art. His portrait, stage, music video and film works have become iconic archetypes of America in the 21st Century. Notable exhibitions have been presented at Tel Aviv Museum of Art (Tel Aviv), Palazzo Reale (Milan), MOCA Taipei (Taipei City), Monnaie de Paris (Paris), Victoria and Albert (London), Ara Modern Art (Seoul), and Casa dei Tre Oci (Venice), to name a few.
Presently, LaChapelle’s photography is exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery (London), Groninger Museum (The Netherlands), Pearl Lam Galleries (Singapore), Geuer & Geuer Art (Düsseldorf), Galerie Templon (Paris), Stary Browar (Poland).
Upcoming exhibitions in 2019 include Reflex Gallery (Amsterdam), Galleria Mucciaccia (Rome), and a summer survey at La Venaria Reale (Turin).