David Messer was born in 1912 in Sanok, a village in Galicia (Austria Hungary).
In 1929, David Messer made his Aliah with his wife. He worked in the electricity company, enlisted in the Haganah, then served in the British army for the Second World War, in Africa, then in Italy. Back in Israel, he resumes his work as an electrician, then one day gives up everything to devote himself to painting. He left his wife and son to live in Paris in 1955, and where he would stay for the next 40 years.
He died in 1998 in Israel.