Piece description from the artist
This piece was inspired by a foster child that lived across the street from me a few years back. He seemed to be a happy child, but his eyes told a different story. I used paint next to my window and I would see him play on the street. I could not help but wonder what he and his foster sister might be going through. I am lucky to have a very loving and steady family, but Zee always reminded me that there are others that do not, who are at the mercy of a system that often fails to function properly. Zee and his foster family moved away, but I still think of him and hope that he is growing up to be a wonderful and bright young man with aspirations and a solid future. This painting is my ode to hope and my good wish to him, wherever he may be.
David Acevedo's interest in art came at the tender age of four, when he would sit for hours analyzing, page by page, an old illustrated bible that he found in a closet. After that, drawing and coloring became an obsession. Eventually David discovered the world of comic books, and for years he practiced copying the shapes of the heros' bodies and analyzing the details and colors in the drawings. He developed a keen eye for proportion and color.
At seventeen years of age, he decided to forge his parents' signatures on a college application and was consequently accepted to the Visual Arts Program of the University of Puerto Rico in the city of Mayagüez. There was a reason why his parents disapproved of his decision: money. Moving to Mayagüez meant finding a place to live, money for college, books, meals etc. For David, being accepted to such prestigious university was too big of an opportunity to miss. Luckily, a Pell Grant, among other financial aid, helped him overcome his financial hurdles and get his formal art education underway. He graduated cum laude in 1998.
Since then, several major things happened to advance his art career. He moved to San Juan, Puerto Rico a year or so after graduation, found representation in a couple of galleries, and started producing his unique pieces in a small studio/custom frame shop he shared with his partner Xavier Brignoni. In 2000, David was offered a job in Fort Myers, FL. It was a great opportunity and a chance to secure a future. After much consideration, he decided to leave his partner and the beloved island he had come to call home. After moving, he struggled. But again, luck struck; Xavier moved to Fort Myers, and they both began a new life on the main land.
David has built a reputation for himself as artist, winning Visual Artist of the Year at the Lee County's Angel of the Arts Awards in 2009. He is focused on his promising future and will keep working on different projects and proposals to help the local art scene grow to its maximum potential.
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