David Wells Roth was born in Florida, grew up outside of Boston and studied painting in Boston University under a Ford Foundation Educational Scholarship. In 1980, after his studies he moved to New York City to paint city scenes and urban life and then to Paris between 1982 and 1997 and bartered his paintings for his apartment.
While living in Paris he was involved in numerous group and solo exhibitions both in Paris and Boston including solo exhibitions at the French Library in Boston and The Copley Society and participated in many group shows in Paris including the Grand Palais and the Cirque d’Hiver. In 1993, Roth received fourth place and the purchase prize in the Lefranc & Bourgois, Winsor Newton, Les Trophees de la Couleur exhibition and competition in Paris, out of 18,000 entrees.
Since returning to the states in 1997, he has participated in group shows in the Allan Stone and DFN galleries in New York, and has had solo exhibitions at the American Institute of Architects in Boston and the Whistler House Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts, exhibiting his cityscapes. He was a finalist in the Blanche E. Coleman Award Competition. The Boston Public Library recently acquired several of his drawings from figures and watercolors while living in France, for its print and paper collections.
The Federal and State Courts in Massachusetts have commissioned Roth’s judicial portraits, and between 2007-2010 he completed a commission to paint the portraits of all 33 judges, past and present, of the United States Federal court of the district of Puerto Rico.