1996 - 1999             MFA, California College of the Arts San Francisco, CA

1981 - 1986             California College of the Arts & Crafts, Oakland, CA

1984 - 1985             Alliance of Independent Colleges of Art, New York Studio School, New York, NY






2020       To the Hoop, Basketball and Contemporary Art, Weatherspoon Museum of Art, NC; Ulrich Museum of Art , KS

Personal to Political, The Write Museum, MI

David Huffman, MOAD, San Francisco, CA


2019       Ordinary Objects/ Wild Things, de Young Museum, CA

Counternarratives, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

There`s Reality and Then There`s California, NIAD, Richmond, CA

Chase Center and SFMOMA art commission (permanent ), San Francisco, CA

17th and Broadway Building art commission (permanent), Oakland, CA


2018       Way Bay, BAMPFA Berkeley Art Museum, CA

Personal to Political, Las Cruces Museum of Art, NM; Art Museum of West Virginia, WV; Montgomery Museum of Fine

Arts, AL; Museum of Arts and Sciences, FL; Bedford Gallery, CA; DeVos Art Museum, MI

David Huffman, Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, Ca

SIDELINED, Galerie Lelong and Co, New York, NY


2017       Where Is Here, MOAD, San Francisco, CA

Public Arts Project, Franz Mayer of Munich, Germany

Print Project, Paulson Fontaine Press, Berkeley, Ca

Residency, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, Ca

Call for Beauty, Root Division, San Francisco, CA


2016       Worlds in Collision solo show, Roberts and Tilton Gallery, Culver City, CA

Perfect Day, Roberts and Tilton Gallery, Culver City, CA

March Madness, FORT GANSEVOORT, New York, NY

Place, Art Projects International, New York, NY



2015       Portraits and other Likenesses, SFMOMA/ MoAD, San Francisco, CA

Vertigo@Midnight: New Visual Afrofuturisms & Speculative Migrations, Clark Humanities Museum, Pomona College

Color Fields, Bakalar and Paine Galleries, MassArt Boston

Fear Not:Hydrarchy: Power, Globalization and the Sea, San Francisco State University    

Artadia Volume 6, The Battery, San Francisco, CA



2014        "Everything went dark until I saw Angels" solo show, Patricia Sweetow Gallery San Francisco



2013       The Shadows Took Shape, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

Dissident Futures, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Making Space, Euphrat Museum of Art, De Anza College

Fear Not: African aesthetics of faith, belief and resistance, Museum of Biblical Art, New York, NY    

Space is the place, Guillermo Gomez Pena, David Huffman, Wendy Red Star, and Saya Woolfalk Disjecta
Contemporary Art Center, Portland, OR



2012       At the Edge, Recent Acquisitions BAM/PFA (Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archiive) Curated by
Larry Rinder
25,Celebrating 25 Years of the Barkley Simpson Award, Oliver Art Center,Oakland.CA
Next Generation, Selections by Artists from the 30 Americans Collection, Contemporary Wing, Washington DC
The Calendar’s Tales: Fantasy, Figuration & Representation, College of Fine Arts, Boston University, curated by Lynne Cooney
Variant Visions: The Art of David Huffman and Irving Norman, Shasta College of Art Gallery, Redding, CA


2011       Bay Area Now 6, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Out of Bounds solo show, San Francisco Art Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Floating World solo show, Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco, CA


2010       Opening show, permanent collection, Oakland Museum
A Childs World, Triton Museum, Santa Clara, CA

Opening Group Show, permanent collection, New Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento CA
Five Centimeters Short, Bruce Conner, Tracey Emin, David Huffman, Desiree Holman, Erick Bakke, Rupert Goldsworthy Gallery, Berlin, Germany

A Sense of Place: Location/Inspiration, de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University


2009       I Do It For My People, Museum of African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA

A Universe we can believe in, 
Oliver Art Center, California College of the Arts


2008       Dig it! solo show, Patricia Sweetow, San Francisco,
Looking Back,
Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco


2007        Passed as Present, Lodeveans Collection, York Gallery, York Castle Museum, York, UK

The Fullness of Time, Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco

Artists of Invention: a Century of California College of the Arts, Oakland Museum of California


2006/07  Alien Nation, Institute of International Visual Art, London, England; curated by Gilane Tawadros & John Gill
with artists Ellen Gallagher, Laylah Ali, Hamad Butt, Harold Offeh, Keith Piper, Yinka Shonibare, & Hew Locke (museum exhibition traveling to Berlin, US)

2006       Pyramid Dreams solo show,Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco

Regarding Truth: San Francisco/Bay Area 2005 Artadia Award Recipients, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA


2005       Strange Tales, Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco
Drawing Exhibition, Liz Oliveria Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


2004       Light Matter solo show, Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco
Dark Matter: The Art of David Huffman solo show, de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA
Black Belt, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica

Tribulations, Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco


2003/04  Black Belt, The Studio Museum of Harlem, New York

Holiday Rapture, Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco



2002       San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose

New Langton Arts, curated by Berin Golonu,San Francisco


2001       Freestyle, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York

Freestyle, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica

Trauma Travel solo show, Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco


2000       Renditions 2000, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco

Hybrid, Southern Exposure, San Francisco


1999/00  Second Bay Area Now, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco Heritage Bank, San Jose, CA


1999       David Huffman solo show, Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco


1998       MFA Exhibition, Calfornia College of Arts & Crafts, Oakland


1997       Introducing Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco

                 Over & Under, Southern Exposure, San Francisco


1996       Southern Exposure 6th Annual Juried Works by Northern California Artists, Juror Thelma Golden Assoc.
Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art

Sixth Biennial National Drawing Invitational, Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AK


1997      Social Engagements: Observations and Personal Narratives, The Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles                

                History Lesson #52, Watts Tower Art Center, Los Angeles

                David Huffman, Selected Paintings solo show, The Renaissance, Santa Monica

                Broadsides, Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles




2008        Eureka Fellowship, Fleishhacker Foundation

2005        ARTADIA Foundation Award

2005        Palo Alto Public Arts Commission Award, Bishop Building Mural Project, Palo Alto, CA

1998        Barclay Simpson Award, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland






2015    "MoAD's new show expands what 'Portraits' mean" San Francisco Chronicle, Kenneth Baker, May 7
             "Gallery to Sweep Away Art Lovers with Ocean Atmosphere ,Golden Gate Xpress, Kulani Ruidas, Feb 19



2014    "Grizzlies Transform a Court in Memphis", Slam, Ananth Pandian, Oct 29



2013   “Going Beyond Blackness, Into the Starry Skies” Holland Cotter, New York Times, November 14
“Dissident Futures”, exhibition catalog, YBCA
"The Shadows Took Shape”, exhibition catalog, Studio Museum in Harlem
"STUDIO VISIT,100 Artists conversations, book, L Geary 

             Fear Not: African aesthetics of faith, belief and resistance”, exhibition catalog,, Museum of Biblical Art


2012    “Floating World”, Art in America, Derek Conrad Murry, April 6th

              “25”,Celabrating 25 Years of the Barkley Simpson Award, exhibition catalog


2011    "Next Generation” at Contemporary Wing, Reviewed, Washington City Paper, February 7th

              "The SF Arts Commission's SHIFT asks America to put aside its discomfort and talk about 

              race", Matt Sussman, San Francisco Bay Guardian, October 11

               "Bay Area Now' at Yerba Buena Center, art review", Keneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle, 

               July 21


 2010    "Bay Area Now at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts", Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle, 

               December 14


2009    "David Huffman at Patricia Sweetow Gallery",David Buuck, Artweek, February

              "Interview with David Huffman", Whitehot Magazine, August


2008    "David Huffman Dig It! And Jefferson Pinder Afro Cosmonaut/Alien (White Noise) Patricia Sweetow Gallery, Soraya Murray, Exit                Express Magazine, Madrid Spain, December

              "Afro Futurist" David Huffman at Patricia Sweetow Gallery, Marisa Nakasone, San Francisco Examiner, November 11

              "5th Annual New Prints Review, Art on Paper, November/December Vol 13, No. 2

               "Cover image" Artletter: Crocker Art Museum Members Magazine, March/ April


2007    "Fleishhacker Eureka Fellowship Awards" Press Release

              "Artists Of Invention, A Century Of CCA


2006    "David Huffman, Glen Helfand, Artforum, December

              "Nod and a Wink From Outer Space", Laura Gascoigne, the Tablet, Dec 2

              "It’s Life but not as we know it", Sue Hubbard, The Independent, Nov 30

              "Close encounters of the nerd kind", Tim Teeman, the Times, Nov 28

              "Creative Space", Kamini Vellodi, What’s on in London, Nov 16

              "Pyramid Dreams: Ziggurats of Basketballs and Asiatic Traumatauts", Stacy Martin, San Francisco Bay Guardian

              "Huffman in his stride", Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle, October 7

              "Funk Upon a Time", essay by Arnold J. Kemp for Patricia Sweetow Gallery

              "What is AfroFuturist Art?", Cinqué Hicks, Africana.com, April

              "Artist Profile, David Huffman", Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle, Datebook, Feb  10


2005    "Strange Tales at the Luggage Store Gallery: A Fresh Look at the Comic Aestheti",  Maureen

              Hanratty, SF Station, May


2004    "San Francisco, California", Sarah Lidgus, Art Papers, September

              "David Huffman / Patricia Sweetow", David Spalding, Flash Art, July-September

              "Mixing Painting and Identity Politics with 'Traumabots'", Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle, May 8

              "Dark Matter: The Art of David Huffman", Bridget R. Cooks, Ph.D., Santa Clara University April

              "David Huffman and Enrique Chagoya", Debra Koppman, Artweek, April

              "David Huffman", Glen Helfand, Artforum, April

              "Blackbelt", The Studio Museum in Harlem, Peter Eleey, Frieze Contemporary Art & Culture, March


2003    "A Cornucopia of Cultural Exchange, Beginning With a Martial Arts Hero", Roberta Smith, New York Times, November 28


2002    "David Huffman: Cosmic Justice", Bridget Cooks, The International Review of African American Art


2001    "Freestyle", The Studio Museum of Harlem, New York, Catalog

              "The New Masters", Vibe Magazine, New York

              "Freestyle at the Studio Museum in Harlem", Claire Foret, NY Arts

              "Stereotypes in Outer, Inner Space: Huffman's Minstrels Explore New Places", Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle 9/5

              "If Sambo Were a UFO", Arnold J. Kemp, Art Journal, Fall


2000    "Bay Area Now 2", Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, catalog

              "On Trauma", Re"nee Gladman, Bay Area Now 2, Catalog

              "Bay Area Now II, Kult, Avanteguarde Creative, Italy

              "Profile of Three 'Bay Area Now 2' Artists", Eungie Joo, Artweek, January


1999    "Notes From San Francisco", Eric Bakke, NY Arts

              "Kim Brown, David Huffman", Glen Helfand, San Francisco Bay Guardian

              "Over There", Apollinaire Scherr, East Bay Express, January 1


1997    "Four Artists at Patricia Sweetow Gallery", Frank Cebulski, Artweek, September

              "David Huffman", Harry Roche, Bay Guardian



Public Collections:


San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Embassy of the United States Dakar Senegal

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive Berkeley, CA

Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA

Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA

Arkansas Art Center, AK

Lodeveans Collection, London, UK

Studio Museum in Harlem, NY

                Arizona State University Art Museum, AZ

                Wellington Management, Boston, MA

                JP Chase, New York, NY

                Eileen Norton Collection, Los Angeles

Palo Alto Arts Center, Palo Alto, CA

                deSaisset Museum, Santa Clara University, CA