David Humphrey (born August 30, 1955) is an American painter, art critic, and sculptor joined with the postmodern slant in painting that began in the late 1970s. He is best known for his playful, cartoonish, puzzling paintings, which fusion figuration and exclusion and create "allegories" about the medium of painting itself. Humphrey holds a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art (1977) and a MA from New York University (1980), where he studied afterward film critic Annette Michelson; he plus attended the New York Studio School from 1996 – 1997. He has been the recipient of many awards including the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002, the Rome Prize in 2008, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase Award in 2011. He was born in Augsburg Germany and raised in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. He lives and works in New York City.