Born in 1956 in Chicago, Dan Scher entered the School of Fine Arts at Washington University in St. Louis in 1975. 

Graduated in 1979, he traveled 9 months across Greece, Israel, and Northern Ontario. Africa where he paints landscapes from nature. 
In 1981, he was admitted to the Parsons School of Design in New York. Graduated in 1983, he moved to New York. 

In 1985, he created a series of sculptures made of objects of recovery.  

In 1990, he began a series of paintings inspired by urban life. 

This series entitled "City Painting" is an intrinsic part of its current activity.  

In 1995, in collaboration with Ansonia Pharmacy (in Greenwich Village), he created a gallery called "The Ansonia Window Show" an alternative space exhibiting painters, sculptures, and photographers.  

In 1997, he began teaching drawing at the Cooper Union School of Engineering and Architecture.  

From 1999 to 2002, he traveled to Greece where he stayed for 2 months each year painting landscapes.  

He left the United States for Switzerland in 2002 and set up his workshop in Montreux. 

He currently lives in Lausanne where he continues his artistic activity.  

He has been a member of Visarte since 2007.