David Floria was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1949. His father was an industrial designer and architect, his mother was an artist. David knew since high school that he wanted to be an artist. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Denver in 1971. David then embarked on a four-year, around the world trip which included the study and practice of Buddhist meditation in India and Burma.
David worked as an artist for twelve years in New Zealand and Colorado. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 1982, and six months later was hired as Curator of the Aspen Art Museum, a position he held through 1989.
It was in 1986 and 1987,while he was having great success at the Art Museum, and volunteering as a member of Aspen Mountain Rescue, that he lost most of his sight.
David lost all of the sight in his left eye and most of the sight in his right eye from Acute Retinal Necrosis. He left the Art Museum, and in 1993, opened the David Floria Gallery in Aspen, which he operated until his deteriorating vision caused him to close it in 2012.
David now works as a motivational speaker, meditation teacher, and volunteers with Challenge Aspen, a recreational, and cultural provider for people with disabilities .He lives with his wife, Kim an son Jesse, in Basalt, Colorado.