Dave Cadario // July 2014
What’s going on Dave? Can you tell the readers who you are and how you came to find your passion for creating art?
Hey Will, not much, just staying busy. Sure, my name is Dave Cadario and I am currently a senior at the University of Connecticut. I am an Illustration major and a Digital Arts minor so I work in a combination of digital and traditional materials. One of my best friends Matt Godzyk was always into art and graffiti so I learned a lot from watching him create pieces in sketchbooks and spray-painting on walls. I think I really started indulging in art my senior year in high school when I took my first art class. I had a great teacher and she let us create whatever we wanted for the art show at the end of the year so I decided to try out watercolor painting. It was my first time using that medium but I loved it right away. The look of watercolor is unlike any other kind of painting so I continued to experiment with it and it helped me realize that I wanted to make art for the rest of my life.
From the pieces I have seen from you, every one is extremely intricate and it amazes me. Do you consider yourself a patient person when it comes to creating?
Thanks, usually I’m not a very patient person but when it comes to creating something that you want to be proud of, putting in the time and effort really pays off. Nobody wants to look at something that looks like you only spent 5 minutes on it. You can notice when you put your time and your life into your work. For the most part, the longer you spend on a piece the better you can make it, so you have to stay patient.
What type of medium do you enjoy using the most and why?
Lately I have been enjoying using acrylic paint on canvas but I use many other mediums as well. I love black and white illustrations so one of my favorite mediums to use is pen and ink on paper. I have used pens for stippling in some of my illustrations. I love stippling because it creates a certain quality to the piece that you can’t achieve with any other technique. I feel like the texture makes the illustration more unique.
What has been your favorite piece to create?
I honestly don’t have a favorite piece; I just try to improve upon something in each piece I create. I don’t think I will ever have a favorite piece because I always want my next piece to be better than the last.
As a skateboarder yourself, what types of lessons has art taught you that skateboarding hasn’t?
Skateboarding and art go hand in hand with me. When I am not working on a piece I am skateboarding. They are so similar because they both advocate freedom and self-expression. They both take time to learn and it’s nearly impossible to perfect either craft. There are some differences though, Art in the professional world has time restrictions and due dates, unlike skateboarding, which has no schedule.
Skateboarding has obvious limits like gravity and physical ability but on the other hand the only restriction in art is your imagination. I have been told to always think big, if your vision doesn’t exceed your product then your not thinking big enough.
Artists constantly gather inspiration from all aspects of life. Where do you find yours?
I find a lot of my inspiration by looking at other artists mainly. I am really inspired by early 1900s children’s book illustrations. Arthur Rackham is one of my favorite illustrators of all time because of his dark and haunting illustrations. Some people are so talented it amazes me and forces me to think bigger and continue to push my work.
A lot of my inspiration comes from music as well. I get chills when I hear a line or a verse that that makes you think about the world in a different way. I am open to all kinds of musical inspiration from the underground hip-hop of Atmosphere to the reggae of Bob Marley. Those kinds of songs and artists inspire me to think of the world in a different way.
Have you entered in any art shows or do you create for personal enjoyment?
I do both; I entered in a competition in the Hartford Current and actually got an article with one of my stipple pieces in it, that was pretty awesome. I will always make art for the fun of it, that’s why people will never see 90% of my drawings but I enjoy entering in some local art shows too because it’s always nice to meet other artists and see their work. Hopefully someday if I get good enough, people will want to buy my paintings.
How do you feel social media has helped artists in today’s day and age?
Social media is a huge advantage that artists now a days have. It’s an easy way to share your work with the world and meet new people along the way.
You recently had a piece stolen. What was the deal with that?
Oh yea, I was actually surprised and flattered to tell you the truth. I was working on that painting for about a week, it was an assignment for one of my classes at uconn. My professor took everyone’s paintings from that week and put them in the hallway of the art building to show them off. So I went home and came back the next day to see that all of the paintings were still there except for mine. It sucks that I will never see that painting again but I guess the person who stole it must have really liked it. It’s just lame when someone takes something of yours that you spent so many hours on. Oh well, I guess I just gotta keep making more.
What piece of advice would you give to kids as they begin to find their passion for art?
My advice would to be to think BIG. Find something that you like to do and spend all of your time on it. Keep pushing it until you are honestly proud of what you make. Also surround yourself with inspiration, keep the things that inspire you the most close to you and have fun.
Thanks for taking time out of your day. Where can people contact you? Are there any last words?
No problem, I’m hyped that you like my work. I am actually in the process of getting a website set up so for right now people can contact me through Facebook @ Dave Cadario, or through my email which is email@example.com. You can also follow me on Instagram @ Davecadario. My last words will be this, you don’t need money to be happy, you just need to find something that makes you happy and never give it up. The world is so big and there are so many things to see and do, get inspired by everything. In the wise words of Robert Nesta Marley “Don’t Gain The World & Lose Your Soul, Wisdom Is Better Than Silver Or Gold.”
i have a man crush on bob marley
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