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Rising Stars: Meet David Soto

Today we’d like to introduce you to David Soto.

Hi David, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I was born in southern California. I grew up in a large family and was always surrounded by creative expression. I quickly got into skateboarding at an early age, and the dedicated commitment lasted well into my 20s.

Can you talk to us about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
After my time in skateboarding ended due to a torn ligament in my knee, I was limping around in pain and, simultaneously trying to attend art school for the first time in my late 20s. It was full of stressful moments, and having the muse of skateboarding prepared me in ways I’m still discovering. It can take many attempts to make one skate trick and the determination and creativity you learn can be applied to many lessons.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
Being able to sustain my art carer and make the work I feel most passionate about has been something I feel very humbled to be able to do. I make artworks reflective of contemporary society at large and the energetic feel of my local community. The current work has embedded typography elements and graphic contour lines across abstract marks. This freedom allows me to explore the topics and styles without apprehension, leading to a unique application of the paint and fluidity that best represents my skateboard roots.

What was you like growing up?
I was always interested in drawing pictures and making art. II played baseball and made skateboard videos with my neighborhood friends was known as “Mellow Dave” throughout my infant and toddler years.


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  • Instagram: @art_wavy / @originalstreetpusher
  • Facebook: @artwavy @David A. Soto

Image Credits
Janel Raihl / Brian J. Schulz

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