Although he was born in Scotland, David Byrne was raised in Baltimore, Maryland. After studying briefly at the Maryland Institute College of Art, he dropped out and shifted his focus away from visual art and moved to New York to begin a career in music. He is one of the founding members and lead singer and guitarist of the famous American rock bank, Talking Heads.
Byrne uses nontraditional materials to create his works, thus reflecting his interest in design. He is known for taking commonplace materials and elevating their status to qualify as art. Exhibitions of Byrne’s works often incorporate text and/or audio alongside the exhibited works to create a multi-dimensional experience for the viewer.
Byrne’s works can be found in collections including the Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado; and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at institutions including Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington, DC; Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, New York; Track 16 Gallery, Los Angeles, California; Weinstein Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Marino alla Scala Art Center, Milan, Italy; and Centro Fotografico Alvarez Bravo, Oxaca Mexico.