Mr. David Shapiro, AAA Certified

USPAP compliant through:



Postwar, Contemporary, and Emerging Art

Member Type

Certified Member


Insurance; Charitable Donation; Estate Tax Liability; Equitable Distribution

Appraiser's Statement

David Shapiro is a New York-based Certified Member of the Appraisers Association of America (AAA) with a specialty in Postwar, Contemporary, and Emerging Art.

Mr. Shapiro has worked on appraisals of billions of dollars of art for purposes including insurance, donations, estates, trusts, and collateral loans. He served on the appraisal team for the valuation of the collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts for the bankruptcy trial of the City of Detroit, as well as the federal art fraud case, United States v. Luke D. Brugnara, among other legal cases. He also advises clients for the purchase and sale of works of art, both at auction and privately.

Mr. Shapiro is the author of the article “The Dynamics of Valuing Emerging Art and Artists,” published in the Digital Journal of Advanced Appraisal Practice (2019). He has spoken on art appraisal and the art market for institutions including ArtTable, the New Art Academy, the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA), and Sotheby’s Institute of Art. He has been quoted extensively about the art market in ARTNews and The New York Times, and has been a featured guest on the podcast Private Client Risk & Resilience about the valuation of high-value property for insurance purposes.  

Mr. Shapiro is the founding editor of the online contemporary art publication Museo, specializing in artist interviews. He holds a BA in Art History from Columbia University and studied in the he PhD program at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Mr. Shapiro holds a certificate in Appraisal Studies in Fine and Decorative Arts from New York University. He is compliant with the current edition of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).