David Grudniski was born in Calgary and raised in Lethbridge Alberta. He completed his B.F.A at the University of Lehtbridge and graduated with a Studio Art Major in painting. After graduating, he travelled to Europe to participate in a self-directed museum immersion program. His travels gave him the opportunity to study in an enriched cultural context and to deepen his historical understanding of art. In 1990 he moved to Montreal where he developed a disciplined studio practice and exhibited his work in several group and solo shows.
Four years later, drawn by his western roots, David returned to Alberta and settled in Calgary. Here he opened Catharine Studio Art Gallery and dedicated the next several years to developing and showing his work. During this time he exhibited both nationally and internationally participating in shows in Western Canada, Montreal, and in Europe. In the early 2000,s he participated in the Calgary Stampede fine art auction and gallery.
In 2013 David began research on a body of work entitled "MUSIC OF THE WEST". With the intention of exploring a deeper connection with his subject matter, he embarked on an experiential research process and taught himself to play both the banjo and guitar. He spent the next few years fostering a direct connection with various musical genres and creating fully integrated thematic paintings.
David's current body of work entitled Paper People is part of an unabridged collection of paintings and drawings called Urban Culture, which began in October 2017 and continues to evolve. As David says, “Everything is a work in progress, which makes every day a new adventure.” David is expanding his body of work and continues to look for new ways of expressing him self.