Born in Aurora on January 30, 1943, David Berkowitz Chicago enrolled at the Art Institute of Chicago, but never got his degree. The naïve artist, discovered his passion for painting while in hospital, after suffering a serious spine injury during a football match. When he was in hospital, he started painting portraits of patients.
Berkowitz started exploring and doing small volumes with drawings that show some pain and treatment methods. Drawing and focusing on understanding pain somehow helped him relax. Then he began to go deeper into the process. Some of the topics that he addressed early in his career are closely connected with understanding and analyzing pain. That is, in his opinion, a dangerous area because it can easily slip into poignant.