Born in Denver, Colorado and raised in a Modern Orthodox family, David Friedaman developed a talent for art at an early age. As a teenager he was inspired by the artwork of album covers of the 60’s and the early 70’s music, and by the mystical art of Eastern mandalas. David attended the Rhode Island School of Design for one year and then left to study Torah and Jewish mysticism, with the late Rabbi B. C. S. Twerski.
David immigrated to Israel in 1977 at the age of 20, and spent two years studying Torah in Jerusalem, where he met his wife, Miriam and after they married, moved to Zefat. In Zefat, David immersed himself in the study of the Talmud and other classic texts of Judaism, including Kabbalah, and continued his art at night. In the 1980’s, he began to produce artwork that was based on Torah concepts in an attempt to integrate Torah and art. The first piece produced (The Orchard of the Torah) is based on the design of a Tibetan mandala, and continues to be a top-selling print.
After a bout with cancer in 1987 David started practicing meditation, and discovered that there was such a thing as Jewish Meditation.
David developed his own original system of translating kabbalistic concepts into graphic shapes and colors based mostly on Sefer Yetzirah (the Book of Creation), but also inspired from other texts. He has exhibited his work in North America and Israel, and his artworks can be found in many homes and art collections around the world.
David often lectures on Kabbalah and Jewish Meditation to groups of teenagers and adults, tourists, students or spiritual seekers from around the world, using his art to simplify and clarify profound kabbalistic ideas. As they say: ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’.
David also plays the guitar and has recently taken up the fiddle.
Today, David still lives, works and teaches in Zefat, Israel with his wife Miriam their five children and six granddaughters.