David Friedman was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in a Modern Orthodox family.
He developed a talent for art at an early age and attended the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island for one year. David left art school to study Torah and Jewish mysticism, which he began in Denver with the late Rabbi B. C. S. Twerski.
Friedman immigrated to Israel in 1977 at the age of 20, spent two years studying Torah in Jerusalem, got married and moved to Safed in 1979.
He immersed himself in the study of Talmud, and created Torah-based art at night. After a bout with cancer in 1987, David started practicing Jewish Meditation and focusing on the study of Kabbalah.
This combination of Kabbalah, meditation, and modern conceptual art produced a large series of kabbalistic/meditative paintings executed in watercolors and pen-and-ink.
Friedman has developed his own original system of translating kabbalistic concepts into graphic shapes and colors based primarily on Sefer Yetzirah (the Book of Creation).
He has exhibited in North America and Israel, and his works grace many homes and art collections around the world.
David Friedman is a popular lecturer on Kabbalah and Jewish Meditation.
Groups of teenagers and adults, whether tourists, students or spiritual seekers, find his presentations enjoyable and educational as he uses his colorful art to simplify and clarify profound kabbalistic ideas since 'a picture is worth a thousand words'.
Although Friedman is well-versed in classical Torah Texts (both conventional and esoteric) he is primarily self-taught, and prefers the way of the mystic - as independent and non-denominational as possible.
Two of his main influences in the realm of Kabbalah, whose texts Friedman frequently teaches, are the great 18th Century kabbalist, Rabbi Moshe Chayim Luzzatto, and the early 20th Century mystic, Rabbi Abraham Isaac Hakohen Kook.
David continues to live, work and teach in Safed with his wife Miriam and their children.