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Spotlight on River Basin muralist David Acevedo


Pop artist David Acevedo painted two of the murals at the Fort Myers River Basin, #8 depicting the commanding officers quarters of the Seminole/Civil War fort that subsquently became the home of Manuel and Evalina Gonzalez and Harvie and Florida Heitman and #45, which depicts the City of Palms Steamship that made the inaugural trip on the cross-state waterway.

Acevedo is one of Southwest Florida’s best known and most popular artists. He is known for his impeccable colors, rich textures and clever compositions. David’s work migrates from pop art to abstract expressionism, but David characterizes himself as an intuitive artist.

David graduated Cum Laude with a degree in visual arts from the prestigious University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus. He is the recipient of two City of Fort Myers Arts & Culture grants, been twice named as the featured artist for the Arts for ACT Auction and Gala, was named Visual Artist of the Year in 2009 by the Alliance for the Arts’ Angels for the Arts Selection Committee, and been recognized by D’Latinos and Gulfshore Business as an individual who reflects and celebrates positive values and ethnic and racial diversity within our community.

David also served on the City’s Public Art Committee from 2011 to 2012. Acevedo also advances the arts in Southwest Florida as Contributing Arts Writer for TOTI Media, which publishes Gulf & Main, Bonita & Estero and RSW Living magazines.

Acevedo is celebrated for the transcendent impact he has exerted on the local art scene since relocating to Fort Myers from Puerto Rico in 2000. David co-owns and operates DAAS Co-Op Gallery in the Butterfly Estates, is a founder of The Union Artist Studios at the Alliance for the Arts and a founder, most recently, of Arts & Eats CafĂ© at the Alliance. David was one of Fort Myers Art Walk’s founding members.

His work can be found in private and corporate collections worldwide.

For more information on David Acevedo and his work, please visit and and follow him on Facebook.

You can listen to audios that provide the historical context for his River Basin murals on Otocast, here. Just scroll the appropriate murals on the thumbnail bar at the bottom of the page.

July 23, 2023.

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