David Plaksin was born in Leningrad in 1936. He graduated from the Serov Leningrad Art College in 1957 and joined the Leningrad Gorkoma artistic movement. In 1980 Plaksin became an active member of the union of Russian Artists, allowing him to join the national federation of artists in 1990.
A celebrated book designer and illustrator all Plaksin's work has a strong graphic quality. There is a severe asceticism to much of his work and an overriding interest in traces of former life as contrasted with implied future life. During the 1980's Plaksin's work increasingly became a bitter statement on the existing order of things, but always tinged with a wry sense of sarcasm. Discourse on social injustice is often concealed in Plaksin's work and the artist himself describes the tendency as a farewell to a vanishing age and old views and habits.
During the Soviet era Plaksin held a prestigious position as a designer in secret military plants. Since the fall of the defense industry in the late 80's and 90's Plaksin returned to book design and illustration. In 1998 he began working with computers and digital photography. Numerous publications feature Plaksin's work, but prominent publications include Das Alphabet: Die Bildwelt der Buchstaben von A bis Z by Joseph Kiermeier-Debre and Fritz Vogel and Antimyths / David Plaksin / Painting / Graphic Art published in St. Petersburg in 2007.
2013 Fragments. Art Center "Pushkinskaya, 10", St. Petersburg, Russia.
2013 Structure. Erarta Galleries London, London, United Kingdom
2011 Dessus de port for your home. Start Academy, St. Petersburg, Russia
2011 Painting and Other. Start Academy, St. Petersburg, Russia
2010 Photoshop to Classic. Travelling exhibition: Start Academy, St. Petersburg; Novgorod State Museum, Novgorod; City, Petrozavodsk, Russia
2009 Art About Art. State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
2009 Play of Game. Museum of Nonconformist Art, St. Petersburg, Russia
2008 Photoshop to Classic. International Federation of Artists, St. Petersburg, Russia
2007 A Stroll with the Author through his Life Story. Tretyakov Gallery, St Petersburg, Russia
2006 David Plaksin: A Retrospective. Russian Creative Union of Artists, St. Petersburg, Russia
2004 100 Postcards to Friends and Everyone on Earth. Russian Creative Union of Artists, St. Petersburg, Russia
1991 Both. Gallery 99, St. Petersburg, Russia
1990 Black and White. Editorial Office of Aurora, St. Petersburg, Russia
1989 Alphabet. Art Bookshop, Leningrad, Russia
1975 Second Exhibition of Unofficial Artists. Nevsky Palace of Culture, Leningrad, Russia
David Plaksin's works can be found in the State Public Library, St Petersburg; the Museum of Nonconformist Art, St Petersburg; and in private collections in Russia, the USA, Germany, Finland.