David Maupin was born in California and studied art history at the University of California Berkeley and the University of Pennsylvania. He started his professional career abroad in Italy, where he met Rachel Lehmann. Together they opened the Lehmann Maupin Gallery in New York’s SoHo neighborhood in 1996 and relocated to the present location at 540 West 26th Street in Chelsea in 2002. They opened a second gallery in 2007 at 201 Chrystie Street in the Lower East Side. Lehmann Maupin inaugurated its first international gallery space in the historic Pedder Building in Central, Hong Kong in March 2013. Lehmann Maupin has garnered a reputation for identifying and cultivating an international roster of visionary and historically significant artists working across disciplines with new and challenging forms of creative expression.
David serves on the board of Edible Schoolyard NYC, a non-profit organization which partners with public schools to build gardens and kitchen classrooms where children can engage in hand-on learning experiences, gaining the knowledge and skills necessary to make healthier choices for life. He is also a member of the selection committee for the international art fair Art Basel Hong Kong.