Educated first as a scientist, David Goldes received a B.A. in Chemistry and Biology from SUNY at Buffalo, and a M.A. from Harvard in Molecular Genetics. He later received a M.F.A. from the Visual Studies Workshop/SUNY at Buffalo in Photography.
His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is included in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Museum of Modern Art (New York), and the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago).
David Goldes is the recipient of multiple fellowships including Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts, two Bush Foundation Fellowships, and six McKnight Foundation Fellowships. Since 1986 he has been an MCAD faculty member in Media Arts.