Born in Huntsville, Texas, David Adickes earned his undergraduate degree in physics and mathematics from Sam Houston State College (now University). The summer after graduation, he attended the Kansas City Art Institute and realized that art was what he really wanted to do. Adickes used his G.I. Bill to study painting in Paris with modern master, Fernand Leger. He returned to Houston and began painting full-time.In 1983, he was commissioned to make his first monumental sculpture,Virtuoso, Which now resides at the Lyric Center in Downtown Houston. Adickes also created the 76-foot tall figure of Sam Houston that stand on Interstate 45 just south of Hunstville. As well as The Winds Of Change, and 8-foot bronze statue of President George Bush for the Bush Presidential Library at TAMU.