David Dobkin was born in Pittsburgh, PA on February 29, 1948. From an early age, he was possessed by a compulsion to collect and organize objects. This compulsion combined with the ability to multiply large numbers in his head led him to become a professor of computer science.

David's art follows this compulsion. He is a student of American kitsch having major collections of paperweights, postcards and other memorabilia of America.

In the past he has done major studies on the use of postcards as wall paper. A childhood fascination with beaded curtains led him to make his first sculpture over 20 years ago. This sculpture, a set of curtains made of Dannon yogurt lids linked together by paperclips can be seen as the inspiration for the current piece.