David Best

Photo by Eleanor Preger

David Best is an internationally acclaimed artist well known for building large elaborate temples, modifying and decorating automobiles and buses, and creating intricate sculptures out of found materials. David’s art career started at the age of 6 years old taking classes at the San Francisco Art Institute where he later received a master’s degree in sculpture. David’s work is collected by preeminent museums and art collectors. He is a contemporary of California artists William Wiley, Al Farrow and Rick Griffin, but has also collaborated with people who are merely interested in working with him on his projects.

Since the beginning of this millennium, David and the Temple Crew have become revered for their work at the Burning Man Festival held in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. Similar works have now been replicated in communities from Nepal to Ireland, and with other international locations on the horizon.

David works out of Petaluma in Sonoma County California where he resides with wife Maggie and a bevy of farm animals, trucks, and an assortment of mutant vehicles.