Born in Puerto Rico's Nemesio Canales housing project, he had the odds against him since day one. The things a young David Sepuvelda must have witnessed growing up in one of the island's toughest "caserio", are hard to imagine.
Nowadays things are different. His hard work and studies at the prestigious Escuela de Artes Plasticas of Puerto Rico paid off and his artistic talent is in high demand; including an invitation to the Becks Urban Canvas Project. A beautification effort sponsored by Becks beer that has been consistenly producing a solid repertoire of murals in Miami as of late.
Inspired by the size of the wall and it's Little Havana location, the artist has chosen to paint the scene of an impromptu jam session or "Rumba".
"La pieza esta inspirada en una rumba cubana que es la musica descendiente de la rumba gitana de los españoles. Cuando esto llegó a Cuba, los negros que vivían ahí la adoptaron y la conjugaron con los tambores Africanos creando esta cultura musical que es parte de la identidad Cubana. Pense que este tema tiene un significado perfecto con la comunidad que reside en esta zona de la pequeña Havana"
"The piece is inspired by a "Cuban Rumba", which is the music that evolved from the gypsy jam sessions of the Spaniards. When this music arrived in Cuba, black cubans adopted it and mixed it with their African drums; creating a musical culture that is part of the cuban identity. I thought that this theme relates perfectly to the communuty that resides in this part of Little Havana".
Thank you Don Rimx. We couldn't have said it better.