David Acevedo is considered one of southwest Florida's most prominent artists. Since his arrival to the area, he has been crucial to the city's cultural growth through his proposals, businesses and accomplishments. Acevedo is a co-founder of the very popular Fort Myers Art Walk alongside community leaders, art gallery owners and the Downtown Fort Myers Redevelopment Agency. Most recently, he founded yet another monthly event called SoCo Second Saturdays, which intends to artistically enrich another section of our city. Supported by giants in the artistic community, such as the Lee County Alliance for the Arts and Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, Acevedo has managed to redirect the art patron's attention to a new art district now called SoCo (south of Colonial) Cultural District.
The visual artist’s pictorial work is recognizable by the impeccably bold colors, textures and clever compositions. He has, however, created darker imagery attributed to his silent resistance to conformity and established stereotypes. A notable part of his depictions is the hidden message or symbols, which draw the viewer into each piece and proposes an almost inevitable wonder.
Things that stand out since he was very young have intrigued the artist. His interest in art came at the tender age of four when he would sit down for hours analyzing, page by page, an old illustrated bible that he found in a closet. After that, drawing and coloring books became an obsession to him. His sisters keep some of his first illustrations of imaginary characters and other drawings like treasures.
He then discovered the world of comic books and for years, he practiced copying the shapes of their bodies and analyzing the details and colors. He developed a keen eye for proportion and color. This influence is noticeable in his work today. A trademark of his work are the bold and dark lines that frame his colorful images.
He graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Visual Arts in 1998 from the prestigious University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus.
In the year 2000, David was offered a job in Southwest Florida and moved to the area. Since then, he has established a solid reputation as one of the primary artists in the community, winning the title of Visual Artist of the Year in 2009. His first professional artist studio opened in 2007 and then transformed into the pioneering daas Gallery in downtown Fort Myers in 2008. As the owner of daas Gallery, he co-founded the popular Fort Myers Art Walk in 2008 and served in the core committee until 2012. He also served in the Public Arts Committee from 2011 to 2012. Since 2013, Acevedo has been the Contributing Arts Editor for TOTI Media INC. and has published numerous articles for their four local publications.
Acevedo has participated in numerous individual and collective exhibition in the United States, Europe and Asia and was recognized by the Gulfshore Life Business and D’Latinos Magazines for his cultural diversity and community efforts as a winner of a FACE Award early 2016.
In 2012, he co-founded The Union Artist Studios, located in the Alliance for the Arts Campus in Fort Myers, FL. In 2016, Acevedo founded a cooperative art gallery called DAAS CO-OP Art Gallery & Gifts, located in the Royal Palm Square in Fort Myers, FL. The SoCo Second Saturday event was inaugurated in October of 2016 in the newly christened SoCo Cultural District.