Donald Silverstein was born in 1932 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. In 1938, his family moved to Detroit, where Silverstein later attended the Society of Arts and Crafts. After graduating in 1949, he worked as an illustrator at the Allied Artists art studio. In 1951 and 1952 he won the Michigan State Award.

In 1952, Silverstein was drafted into the U.S. Army. He was stationed in Alaska during the Korean War. After his discharge in 1954, he continued working as an illustrator, first at the New Center Studios and then, at MDM Studios, both in Detroit. He was awarded a prize in the Exhibition for Michigan Artists in 1960 and in 1962, he moved to London, for two years. In 1964, he settled in New York City, where he worked for various publishers and advertising agencies. In 1967, his illustrated poster “The Viking” won the Award of Excellence, given by the Society of Illustrators New York.

In 1968, Silverstein traveled extensively, from New York to the Pan Pacific Rim, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Borneo, Australia and the Fiji Islands. The following year, he moved to Carefree Arizona, where he met his future wife Sakiko, a fashion designer. The couple married in 1970 and moved to Los Angeles in 1972 for 6 months. In 1974, Silverstein’s illustration of “The ABC Dog Show,”published by Bowma, California, won The Best Children’s Illustration of the Year, a West Coast Illustration Award. Later that year, he and Sakiko moved back to New York.

In 1982, the couple moved to Chiba, Japan, where Donald Silverstein continued to work as an illustrator for publishers in Tokyo. In addition, he began to focus more on painting and his works were exhibited in various solo exhibitions. In 1992, the Silversteins moved to Port Said, Egypt, for 6 months before settling in Riverdale, New York in 1993. The following year Donald Silverstein’s health began to decrease. After being hospitalized, he and Sakiko moved back to Manhattan in 1998, where Donald Silverstein died in 2004.



1950, 1951 and 1960: Michigan Artist Show, sponsored by The Detroit Institute of Arts

1983: International Artists Exhibition, at Mitsubishi Gallery in Tokyo

1984, 1985 and 1987: Exposition France-Japan Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Grand Palais, Paris, France

1984: 1985 and 1987: Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tokyo

1989: Donald Silverstein, Aki-Ex Gallery, Tokyo

1992: Donald Silverstein, Shirota Gallery, Tokyo

2003: Donald Silverstein, Tenri Cultural Center, New York, NY