Dave Newman was born in 1956 in Long Beach, California. Newman is a self-taught artist and was considered a late bloomer when he decided to become an artist at the age of thirty-two. He grew up in Anaheim, home of Disneyland and the many motels, drive-ins and attractions that lined the streets. The colorful neon signs made a lifelong impression on Newman as well as the car, motorcycle, movie, and beach culture in which he grew up.
Newman describes his works as "Painted Collage Constructions." Using photography, acrylic, collage and 3D found objects, Newman creates his "time capsules." He is often seen photographing buildings, signage and texture on a wall or on the ground that could become a part of his next piece. Vintage postcards, maps, wallpaper and almost anything with an interesting color or texture are used. Newman not only creates his work, but lives it as well. He spends a lot of time on the road, photographing new areas, visiting flea markets and garage sales, to find his discarded treasures.
Newman has also been working with the Fender Custom Shop for the past nine years. He has created over thirty fully playable art guitars and one has been collected by the Fender Guitar Museum in Dusseldorf, Germany. Newman is featured in "The Dream Factory: Fender Custom Shop" coffee table book as well as Fender calendars and magazines.
Newman and his wife Donna live and work in Prescott, Arizona.