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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