David Brega, a native of East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, is widely-recognized as one of today’s premier trompe l’oeil and still life painters in America and abroad. From the French (“to deceive the eye”) the time-honored tradition of trompe abides by a strict set of rules: A trompe must represent the flattest possible objects––letters, postcards, photographs, masking tape, thumbtacks––and they must be painted actual size. Depth within the painting must be minimal, requiring the eye to make muscular adjustments unlike those that are required for paintings of landscapes and ordinary tabletop still lifes. The shallower the depth in the painting, the more heightened the illusion of reality. Brega studied under the tutelage of Ken Davies at the Paier College of Art in New Haven, Connecticut and later continued his studies at the San Francisco Art Institute. David’s work has been represented in numerous group and one-man shows. Most notably were his two one-man shows in 1986 and 1991 at the Alexander Gallery in New York City. His paintings have appeared on eight covers of Yankee Magazine and several prominent book jackets. David continues to paint in North Marshfield, Massachusetts, where he has for the past 20 years.