Dave Tinman Edgar was born in Salem, Oregon in 1964. His family moved south several times, finally settling in Arizona. In 1983, he entered the U.S. Army. Service in the 2nd Ranger Battalion took him all over the world to countries such as Honduras, Panama, Somalia, and Egypt. Upon completing his service in 1986, Mr. Edgar attended college where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and joined the Phi Beta Kappa society. He spent one year in Central America as a civilian, working on material projects in Nicaragua. Returning stateside, he received his BFA with honors from Cornish College of the Arts in 2004, returned to Oregon and now resides in Portland.
Mr. Edgar continues travels regularly to Mexico and Central America and stateside, he participates in a wide variety of capacities, most noteworthy as a Crisis Intervention Specialist at a crisis call center. He continues to support and engage with his local community through service, which includes veteran peer support and recovery and frequent public talks in High Schools and other institutions about his military experiences.
A recipient of the Oregon Arts Commission's Individual Artist Fellowship In 2008, (an NEA granting organization), Mr. Edgar has an active art practice and is currently working on an ongoing series of photographic images. Some of his paintings reside in the permanent collection of the National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago, Illinois. Edgar says, "…art making is not the end of the road for me, it is a starting point to discovering more about who I am and what I have to offer." While continuing to paint, he also practices zen meditation and is currently exploring butoh inspired dance and movement.