David Spiher

David Spiher is an artist who lives in Hawaii currently producing prints and painting. “I have been an assistant for a number of artists, designers and crafts people so I am really used to helping others make work. However, very often I have found it really hard to make my own, to justify my own choices, sometimes even to myself”. As a way to free himself from these self-imposed restrictions, he has shifted personae depending on subject matter and interest in various media. From 2004 to 2009, he produced hand-painted pornographic ceramic plates as Virginia Trembles. As David Six, he has been producing figurative painting and print work. A large body of work centers on his husband Dr. Ralph Thurlow and his struggle with HIVAIDS Neuro Dementia. "On a lot of levels I equate my experience of HIV/AIDS—for myself, my husband, lovers, friends and generation—with the flooding of New Orleans and the tsunamis in Indonesia and Japan. It sounds crazy because it was crazy… is crazy." Currently in Hawaii, David is focused on a portraiture project of the actual people who live on Big Island and exploring the means of imagining a non-postcard view of the landscape.


If I'm not serving you visually-all the words in the dictionary will not make it visible.


David Spiher, 807 Paradise Blvd, Hayward, CA 94541 davidspiher@yahoo.com

5th & 6th Annual Midsummer Arts Celebration, Wailoa Center, Hilo 2022 HM-23
12th & 13th Abstract Only!, Wailoa Center, Hilo 2022-2023
2018 Pacific States Biennial National, University of Hawaii, Hilo

Remembering to Forget, The Clocks (Solo), Strut, 2017
Breaking Code, Intersections of Queerness & Madness,
SOMArts Cultural Center 2017, durational wall drawing
Falkirk Galleries Fall Open Juried Exhibition, San Rafael 2016
Hayward Arts Council Open Juried Show 2016
Last Men Standing, Sunday special section & Online
66 min documentary on long term AIDS survivors,featured subject,
San Francisco Chronicle 2015-2016,
Inchoate (2 Person), Compound Gallery 2016
Southern Graphics Convention/San Francisco & East Bay 2014, lino print demonstration
Art In A Box, Compound Gallery 2013-2019
A&U Magazine, Featured Artist profile July 2012
Incline Gallery/Papergirl 2012
Group Shows, Compound Gallery 2009-2014
Coming and Going: Greetings from Limboville, Compound Gallery 2010, Performance,staging
Blush: Wall to Wall(Solo as Virginia Trembles) Magnet 2008

Jason Seder and David Spiher, Barbara Ann Levy Gallery, Cherry Grove 2005
Open Studios, Studio 37 1996-2005
The New New York Woman, The Museum of the City of New York 2003, Wall drawings
The Oddest Thing (Solo), Barbara Ann Levy Gallery, Cherry Grove, 2002
Three from the File, Chelsea Eyes/Visual AIDS, 2001
Abstract Paintings (Solo) Barbara Ann Levy Gallery, Cherry Grove 2001
Visitor (Solo), Secret Ingredient, Hoboken 2001
Stripes, Catherine Moore Fine Art 1999
Gallery @ 49, Clinton/Hell’s Kitchen 1999
Postcards from the Edge, Visual Aids 1998-2023
2004-2006 Gay City News – Art Critic
1993-1996 Nobel Tile & Vessel – Ceramic Production
1996 Evandale – Ceramic Design
1992 Susan Horton – Production Hand Weaver
Performance Workshops – Amy Pivar 1999, Tim Miller 1997-1998,
Gay Men’s Performance Workshop 1997-1999

South End Open Studios 1992-1994
Artkammer, Community Identity 1993
GALA Shows, UMass/Boston 1987-1991
Washes (Solo) Billy’s Provincetown 1990
Fort Point Open Studios 1989-1991
Cliff Roberts-Production Hand Weaver 1992-1994
Jill Rosenwald – Ceramic Production 1993-1994
Performance Workshop – Holly Hughes 1994

Every Members Show, ArtReach 1986
The Ohio State Fair 1984
All Ohio Open, Akron Art Institute 1982 HM
Thesis Show; Open the Door, The Ohio State University, 1982 Graduate Student Shows 1981-1982
MFA –The Ohio State University 1982, Larry Millard, Bruce Chao, and Carolee Schneemann

Alumni Drawings 1988, The John Herron School of Art/IUPUI
Senior Show 1980, Student Shows 1977-1979, The John Herron School of Art/IUPUI
BFA – The John Herron School of Art/IUPUI 1980, Robert Berkshire, Peg Feirke, and Steve Mannheimer