David Kosakoff, 60, a senior exhibits officer with the International Communication Agency, formerly the U.S. Information Agency, died of cancer April 23 at Georgetown University Hospital.

Mr. Kosakoff was born in New York City and earned a degree in art from the Cooper Union School of Art and Architecture there. He taught art at Cooper Union for about 15 years and also worked as an artist and draftsman for a number of firms in New York and New Jersey. He headed his own company in Newark, N.J., from 1957 to 1967, when he moved to Washington to begin his government career.

As an exhibits officer with what then was the USIA, Mr. Kosakoff traveled extensively with exhibitions designed to show American life and culture to foreign audiences. He went to Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union in 1973, to Hungary, Austria and Italy in 1974, to Okinawa in 1975, and to the Leipzig Fair in East Germany in 1976.

Survivors include his wife, Fay, of the home in Bethesda; two children, Jonathan F., of Sells, Ariz., and Judy Gafner, of Tucson, Ariz.; his mother, Mrs. Dora Kosakoff, of Los Angeles; a brother, Martin, of Pasadena, Calif., a sister, Ray Maltz, of North Hollywood, Calif., and one grandson.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Division of Medical Oncology, Room 2230, Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, D.C.