After a self-imposed artistic hiatus, visual artist and former art gallery owner David Acevedo presents a new series of paintings that mark a transitional period in his career. He calls his news series The Protest Proposal, and he'll unveil it at Arts for ACT Gallery in the downtown Fort Myers River District on Friday, October 4, 2013.
The Protest Proposal explores a very different side of the artist, who is known throughout Southwest Florida for vibrant, aggressively textured paintings with impetuous whimsy. By contrast, this new series of collages and mixed media pieces is filled with darker, more suggestive motifs and deeper message and meaning.
“Color is still a big part of my work. I am simply exchanging the tones because the style of these new paintings demands it,” David explains. “I am opening up a bit more in regards to my personal beliefs, disbeliefs, points of view and social opinion.”
Acevedo was born in Puerto Rico. He moved to Southwest Florida in 2000. Seven years later, he opened his first professional studio and moved it to the River District in 2008 under the name of daas Gallery. Along with a group of intrepid gallery owners searching for a way to lure people back downtown after four years of road construction and street closures, he co-founded Fort Myers Art Walk which celebrates its fifth anniversary on October 4.
In 2009, David was awarded Visual Artist of the Year during the Lee County Allliance for the Art’s Angel of the Arts ceremony. During four years as a gallery owner, he discovered and promoted many emerging artists including Veron Ennis, Joe Lemay, Troy Thomas, Willow and others. He curated numerous exhibitions for his gallery and other art spaces around town and collaborated with international artist Ronnie Ford in the creation of the Vibrant Arts Movement or VAM, which promotes arts through exhibitions, performance and culinary arts in Europe and the United States.
The artist has left his permanent mark in the form of a commissioned mural in the Phi in the Sky rooftop lounge at downtown Fort Myers’ Hotel Indigo. Completed in 2011, The Heart of the City’s Sky overlooks another mural, Fort Myers: An Alternative History, the 20' x 100' sepia-tone ceramic tile mural that graces the east facade of the federal courthouse and dominates the brick courtyard it shares with Hotel Indigo and the Kress Building occupants.
“I feel incredibly privileged to have a permanent piece in my beloved downtown and grateful to the administration of the Hotel Indigo for trusting me with the project,” Acevedo states.
The Protest Proposal marks the first time David has exhibited work in the River District since daas Gallery’s closure in July of 2012. The Protest Proposal exhibition will be on display throughout the month of October.
Arts for ACT Gallery is located at 2265 First Street in the heart of downtown Fort Myers. Business hours are 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and Saturdays by appointment. Guests and collectors may call 239-337-5050 for more information about the exhibition. David Acevedo’s private studio is located at The Union Artist Studios at 10051 McGregor Boulevard, Suite 202, in the Edwards Building annex to the Alliance for the Arts.