David is the son of an artist. His father was trained in Venetian studios under a lengthy apprenticeship begun at the age of 11 and is a skilled wood craftsman, frame maker, gilder, art restorer and, in his private capacity, is a multi-talented artist. In 1958, he moved to Cannes and worked for artists then living on the French Riviera (Picasso, Ozenfant, Sutherland and Rezvani among many others), collectors (Sir Douglas Cooper and Ruggerini) and galleries (Galerie Sapone, Nice, Galerie Maeght, St. Paul de Vence).
He graduated from liceo classico, and went on to study art and philosophy at the University of Venice. The world and popular culture of the 20th century (illustrated stories, comic books, animated cartoons and movies), classical mythology and its psychoanalytical elaborations (Freud and Jung), Greek and modern philosophy (Schopenhauer and Nietzsche above all) and contemporary philosophy (Severino) have further informed Dalla Venezia’s world view and pictorial imagination.