David “Don Rimx” Sepulveda Cruz was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His family lived in the public housing development, Nemesio R Canales, who in the 90s had a very high crime rate. Drugs and gun violence were a part of his everyday life. Through his parents watchful eyes Don Rimx was kept on the straight and narrow. They noticed his interest in drawing at a young age and nurtured it by enrolling him in weekend art classes at the local art school. He later received his diploma from the Central High School of Visual Arts and went on to continue his education at the Escuela de Artes Plasticas. Upon finishing his studies, he dedicated himself to incorporating the various techniques of classic art into urban art, with a specialization in murals. Lorenzo Homar, Jose Alicea, Rafael Tufino, Rembrandt, and Joaquin Sorolla, are just a few of the influences one see’s in the line work, color treatment and poetic imagery of his pieces.
In 2009, Don Rimx moved to Brooklyn, NY. Life in the big city has had a profound effect on his latest works, from the different cultures and styles to the many textures and materials. The skeletal structures explore the synthesis of man and his city. Resulting in works of art comprised of rigidity and personality. “16 Barras” Brooklyn was an exploration of this connection. Murals were painted throughout Brooklyn, of randomly chosen residents, interlaced with one number and word, that when put in numerical order, created a poem. It was meant to inspire people to search for the pieces to the puzzle, to get to know their borough and its residents. “16 Barras” received media coverage in the NY Daily News and various online publications. The concept was later extended to Puerto Rico and featured in the annual art event ‘La Campechada.’
As of late, Don Rimx has participated in national and international urban beautification projects. He has recently returned from the international art festival Los Muros Hablan in Puerto Rico where he painted a grand scale mural with his art collective CORO. He is also returning to Miami for Art Basel, where he will be working on some collaborative mural projects with local artists he exhibited with at the 2011 Art Basel satellite event The Co11ective.
Don Rimx is an all-encompassing artist, thriving in fine art, graffiti, graphic design, murals, illustration and tattoos. His knowledge and skills will ensure his place in the art world and guarantee that he will continue doing what he loves. “Art is what I do and who I am.”
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