THE INNER LIFE OF AN LA STREET PAINTER

Here’s how this week’s arts and culture piece begins:

Davide Piubeni, LA street artist was born in Sarezzo, Brescia, close to Milan in northern Italy, and graduated from l’Accademia delle Belle Arti Brera in Milan.

He’s 52 now, living in Culver City with his wife and children.

But with the soul of a pilgrim, he took a circuitous route to get here.

After graduating from college, he ended up in a little fishing village in northern Brazil h called Viseu. He stayed six months and painted a three-panel mural in a local church.

Back in Italy, he painted little niches meant to hold a religious painting or sculpture for a time. Then the bishop in Brazil called him back to paint the Church of Nossa Senhora do Rosário e São Benedito in Paraty. “That was a big job. The fifteen Mysteries of the Rosary. 30 by 30 feet for each of 3 ½ walls.”

During that time, he met several practicing Catholic friends who asked: “Where do you come from? Where are you going?” He took the questions to heart.  

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7 Replies to “THE INNER LIFE OF AN LA STREET PAINTER”

  1. As an artist myself, I find what he says so true: “with art alone he says, ‘you can arrive in purgatory, but not paradise.’” Davide is quite wise.

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      Yes, even art, sublime though it is, and/or vocation as artists, isn’t by itself “enough”…Davide was wonderful to talk to, as you can imagine…

  2. As an artist myself I find what he said so true: “with art alone he says, ‘you can arrive in purgatory, but not paradise.’” Davide is quite wise.

  3. Phillip Aller says: Reply

    As Fr Ron Rolheiser often reminds us, our ‘symphonies’ will never be complete in our earthly lives.

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      Yes, Phillip! I love that Fr. Rolheiser points out we will die “unfinished symphonies”–and he has a bit about that we therefore need to go into the desert to “mourn our virginity” that’s also really stuck with me through the years…thank you.

  4. Angel Mortel says: Reply

    Thanks so much for sharing the story of Davide’s life! It just so happens I saw this article in the Angelus just as I was on my way to Paraty, RJ in Brazil. And I just happen to live in Culver City. Thought it was serendipity! So I went to visit the Igreja do Nossa Senhora do Rosário in Paraty. Unfortunately, it was closed when I went there so I couldn’t see Davide’s mural. I need to return.

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      Well that IS serendipity, Angel, that you were on your way to Paraty as you read the article…I do hope you get to see Davide’s mural, and either way, safe travels and thanks so much for checking in…

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