David Carpanini was trained at Gloucestershire College of Art, the Royal College of Art and the University of Reading. He held the post of Professor of Art at the University of Wolverhampton from 1992 to 2000. He is currently President of the Royal Society of Painter -Printmakers. In 1969 he won the British Institution Awards Committee Annual Scholarship for engraving and has since exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy. His drawings, paintings and etchings are almost entirely devoted to the presentation of the industrial landscape of South Wales.
His work has been selected for numerous group shows and he has also had several one man exhibitions including the Welsh Arts council, Oriel Cardiff 1980, Warwick Arts Festival 1986, Mostyn Gallery 1988, Rhondda Heritage Gallery 1989, and 1994, Walsall Museum and Art Gallery 1989 and St David's Hall Cardiff, 1999. In 2000 David Carpanini was nominated as organizer, selector and invited artist at the National Print Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London. Some of the prestigious collections which own his work are Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, Her Majesty The Queen, Windsor, Royal College of Art, National Museum of Wales Cardiff, The Permanent Collection of the Royal West of England Academy, The Welsh Mining Museum, The Ashmolean Museum Oxford and The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
Speaking of his work in ' in June 1998, Carpanini acknowledges the key influences on his work as:
'My inspiration lies in the contemplation of the familiar. I believe that man has a special bond with that part of the earth which nourishes his boyhood and it is in the valleys and the former mining communities of South Wales, scarred by industrialisation but home for a resolute people , that I have found the trigger for my imagination. The stark landscape and the close knit social infrastructure are a fundamental part of my own background and I have attempted to use this natural drama of the location in order to explore aspects of the human condition.'