Jean David (1908-1993) was born in Bucharest, Romania. At the end of the 1920s he began studying architecture in Paris, France. But he abandoned the profession and began to study painting. In 1935 he visited Israel and stayed there for about nine months. Upon his return to Romania in 1936, he was admitted to the Romanian Painters and Sculptors Association and was a member of it until 1939. In 1942 he escaped from Romania on his way to Palestine but was caught by the British Mandate authorities and sent to a DP camp in Cyprus. After his release, in 1944, he enlisted in the British Navy, where he served as a painter until 1946. With the outbreak of the War of Independence he enlisted in the Israeli Navy. In 1949 he moved to Jerusalem and was active in encouraging the development of ceramics, copper work and artistic wall tiles from the Ministry of Industry and Trade. In 1950 he was one of the founders of the artists' village in Ein Hod.
David's main importance was in the design of posters. In the works he formulated a figurative decorative style with a vivid color that combined illustrations, caricatures and national images. In addition, he created tapestries for Maskit and also decorated with public buildings. His paintings bore a surrealistic character and included both figures and landscapes.