David Bartley was born and adopted in Denver, CO, 1966.Growing up playing hockey, the sport eventually brought him to Northern Minnesota where he attended Bemidji State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting and a minor in Art History. He then went on to graduate school at the University of Southern Illinois, Edwardsville where he received Master degrees in both Painting and in Drawing.
Bartley, a recipient of a visual arts fellowship from the McKnight Foundation in 2006/2007,has exhibited his artwork at various national venues. At the Walker Art Center, he has worked directly with the collection in storage as a senior registration technician for the past 23 years.
Bartley maintains a daily studio practice at his home in Minneapolis.