ARTIST STATEMENT

Your life, the places you will be, and the things you will experience are unpredictable; just like the final product of a piece of art; the human being is constantly changing as time goes by, not only physically, but emotionally and psychologically as well. It is the journey through life which influences our thoughts and behaviors that define us and our future. Depending on this journey, the experiences and challenges we face, we choose to either rise above our challenges or start creating the need for some type of support or excuses for our physical and psychological being. Logically or illogically, in a conscious or unconscious way, we all act or react to our previous experiences in different ways.  It is with this thought in mind that I produce my sculptures which mirror my thoughts, my feelings; as a human being, as a father, as a husband, as an artist.  As a sculptor I enjoy working with many different materials from wood, steel, bronze, stone and found objects. I tend to gravitate towards a mixture of stone and steel; or wood and steel, with the addition of patinas or paint to accentuate certain details of the piece of art.

BIOGRAPHY

David was born and raised in Puerto Rico.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the School of Fine Arts in San Juan, Puerto Rico with a BA in Fine Arts, with a major in Sculpture.  As a student he won several important awards and grants and was able to exhibit his work in one of the most prominent Art Museums of the Caribbean, the Ponce Art Museum.   In 2000, due to medical needs of his oldest son he decided to move to Florida; leaving behind everything he had accomplished in the arts world, along with all his tools and art.  While getting established in Central Florida, and rebuilding his tool inventory and new body of work, he had the opportunity to learn the full process of Bronze casting while working for a Foundry and was able to make his own series of Bronze sculptures.  It wasn’t until 2007, that he was able to start showing his sculptures in Florida.  Since then he has participated in several juried collectives, and Art Festivals around the United States.  He has enjoyed of great acceptance by the public and has been able to place some of his sculptures in Museums and Corporate Offices such as the Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL., Museum of Florida Art, Deland, Fl., College of Central Florida, Ocala, FL.  Several other sculptures have gone to private collectors all around the United States, South America, Puerto Rico and Curacao.     

Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL.

 

Public Collections

Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL.
Museum of  Art, Deland, Fl.
College of Central Florida, Ocala, FL.

Art & History Museums , Maitland Art Center , Maitland, FL.

Art Exhibits

2014

SPECTRUM, Miami , FL.
Lengua Materna, Maitland Art Center,Fl.
Latin Art Exhibit at City Hall, Casselberry, Fl.

2013
Latin Artists at City Hall, Casselberry, FL.
Winter Exhibition at Gallery 2125, Lakeland, FL.
Brandao, Figueroa, SOFLO Fine Art Gallery, Lakeland, FL.

2010-2011
Deland Sculpture Walk
Casselberry City Hall, Casselberry, Florida, International Collective
Sculptor’s Guilds Annual Exhibit, Terrace Gallery, Orlando, FL.

2009
Infinitely Caribbean, Casselberry City Hall, Casselberry, Florida, Collective of Latin Artist
Osceola Center For The Arts, Kissimmee, Fl. The Florida Sculptors Guild

2008
Calle Tropical, Casselberry City Hall, Casselberry, Florida
   
Grants

2008
Professional Development Individual Artist Grant, United Arts of Central Florida

Awards

2014
2nd Place, Space Coast Art Festival, Cocoa Beach, FL.
Honorable Mention, Deland Fall Festival of the Arts, Deland, Fl.
Award of Excellence,Osceola Arts Festival, Kissimmee, FL.
Award of Honor, Halifax Art Festival, Daytona Beach, FL.
Award of Excellence, Lake Mary Heathrow Festival of the Arts, Lake Mary, FL.
Award of Excellence, Maitland Rotary Art Festival, Maitland, FL.
Best of Show 3D, Winter Springs Festival Of The Arts, Winter Springs, FL.
Award of Excellence, Boarwalk Art Show, Virginia Beach, VA.
Best of show, Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL.
Award of Excellence, Riverwalk Art Festival, Sanford, FL.
Best of Show, Port Orange Artfest, Port Orange, FL.
Award of Excellence, Santa Fe Spring Arts Festival, Gainesville, FL.
Award of Distinction, Images: A Festival of the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL.
Best of show, Beaux Art Festival, Coral Gables, FL.

2013
Best of Show, 50th Anniversary Space Coast Art Festival, Cocoa Beach, FL.
Award of Excellence, Disney Festival of the Masters, Orlando, FL.
Award of Excellence, Lake Mary Heathrow Festival of the Arts, Lake Mary, FL.
Best of Show 3D, Winter Springs Festival Of The Arts, Winter Springs, FL.
Best of Show, Winter Park Autumn Art Festival, Winter Park, FL.
Thomas A. Felton Jr. Award of Distinction, Boarwalk Art Show, Virginia Beach, VA.
Award of Excellence, Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL.
Best in Show, Sunfest, West Palm Beach, FL.
First Place Sculpture, Melbourne Art Festival, Melbourne, FL.
Award of Excellence, Santa Fe Spring Arts Festival, Gainesville, FL.
Award of Merit, Images: A Festival of the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL.
Best of show, Beaux Art Festival, Coral Gables, FL.

2012
Award of Recognition, Deland Fall Festival of the Arts, Deland, Fl.
Best of Show , Disney Festival of the Masters, Orlando, FL.
Award of Excellence, Lake Mary-Heathrow Festival of the Arts, Lake Mary, Fl.
Award of Merit, Fine Arts for Ocala, Ocala, FL.
Excellence Award, Winter Springs Festival of the Arts, Winter Springs, FL.
Purchase Award, Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL.
Friends of MOCA Award, Boardwalk Art Show, Virginia Beach, VA.
Award of Excellence, Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL.
Best of Show, Riverwalk Art Festival, Sanford, FL.
First Place Sculpture, Melbourne Art Festival, Melbourne, FL.
Best of Show, Port Orange Artfest, Port Orange, FL.
Award of Excellence, Santa Fe Spring Arts Festival, Gainesville, FL.
Award of Merit, Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Tampa, FL.
3-D Judge’s Choice Award, Mount Dora Festival of the Arts, Mount Dora, Fl.
Best of show, Images: A Festival of the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL.
Best of show, Beaux Art Festival, Coral Gables, FL.

2011
Third Place- Sculpture, Space Coast Art Festival, Cocoa Beach, FL.
Excellence Award, Deland Fall Festival of the Arts, Deland, Fl.
Merit Award- Sculpture Disney Festival of the Masters, Orlando, FL.
Excellence, Art Harvest, Dunedin, FL.
Merit Award, Winter Springs Festival of the Arts, Winter Springs, FL.
Merit Award, Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL.
First Place Sculpture, Melbourne Art Festival, Melbourne, FL.
Award of Excellence, Santa Fe Spring Arts Festival, Gainesville, FL.
George & June Musson Award, Images: A Festival of the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL.
First Place- 3D, Beaux Art Festival, Coral Gables, FL.

2010
Second Place- Sculpture, Space Coast Art Festival, Cocoa Beach, FL.
First Place- Sculpture Disney Festival of the Masters, Orlando, FL.
Award of Merit, Art Harvest, Dunedin, FL.
Award of Distinction, Ocala Arts Festival, Ocala, FL.
Best in Show, Winter Springs Festival of the Arts, Winter Springs, FL.
Merit Award, Polk Museum of Art, Mayfaire by the Lake, Lakeland, FL.
Award of Distinction, 41st Annual Santa Fe College Spring Arts Festival, Gainesville, FL.
First Place Sculpture, Port Orange Artfest, Port Orange, FL.
Best in Category, Mount Dora Festival of the Arts, Mount Dora, Fl.

2009
Merit Award, Mayfaire by the Lake, Lakeland, Fl.
Judges Choice Award, Mount Dora Festival of the Arts, Mount Dora, Fl.
Jorge & June Munson Award, Images, New Smyrna, Fl.
First Place Sculpture, Port Orange Artfest, Port Orange, FL.
Honorary Mention, Winter Park Autumn Art Festival, Winter Park, Fl.
Award of Distinction, Lake Mary-Heathrow Festival of the Arts, Lake Mary, Fl.

2008
Best of Show, Lake Mary-Heathrow Festival of the Arts, Lake Mary, Fl.
Award of Excellence, Winter Park Autumn Art Festival, Winter Park, Fl.   
     
2007
1st Place in Sculpture, Lake Mary-Heathrow Art Festival, Lake Mary, Florida