We had the good fortune of connecting with Dave Vescio and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Dave, other than deciding to work for yourself, what else do you think played a pivotal role in your story?
I’ve been an independent artist since 2004, meaning, I hustle after my own work and my own clients. I did it with acting by self-submitting myself to film & TV projects on my own. I was never afraid to contact the casting director, the director, and the producers and ask them for an acting role in their upcoming project. This tactic got me to book speaking roles in 68 acting projects that are listed on IMDb.com (which also includes): forty-seven feature films, recurring role on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’, national commercials, and I’ve also acted with 19 actors who won or got nominated for the Oscar, Golden Globe, or Emmy. I did that from 2004 to 2018, and now I do the same exact thing as a contemporary artist. In the past year I’ve sold 74 wall art pieces to 50 private collectors all from my artist website, and I’ve also won eight international photography awards from the top photography contests. And I did all of that from my own hustle. I’m just not afraid to show my contemporary art to anyone at all. What’s the worst they can say “No”? Shoot, they’re saying no if I don’t ask. So, why not go for the “Yes” instead! That’s always been my motto. Always go for the yes! Plus, there are no rules at selling art and anyone who tells you there are rules that you must obey are trying to harm you in the end. Don’t forget, man made these rules, not God. So, who cares what man thinks, that’s just a power play in the end – don’t fall for it, don’t ever fall for it. Create your own rules instead! 🙂

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
On my 50th birthday, I picked up a camera to invent a new style of abstract/fine-art photography that deals with that fine line between the life & death of objects, then death & decay, and now, a rebirth (aka spirits or other worldly beings like the supernatural). I specialize in macro/closeup photography of urban decay.

My mission statement with abstract photography is to reveal to the world that even in death & decay of man-made objects, there is still beauty, as well as a new source of energy/life that wants to be born into this world, just in another way. We just need to look at it from a different light, a different perspective. Life truly never ends! It just gets reborn into this world again & again as another essence, another beautiful being. Just like how a caterpillar gruesomely transforms into a butterfly!

I also give my limited-edition abstract photographs another kind of *rebirth*, by printing them on materials close to what they were originally born on. My macro/close-up photographs of metal decay are printed on archival metal; my macro/close-up photographs of decaying plastic are printed on archival acrylic (which is a plastic); to etc. It is my way of making sure my abstract photographs become more life-like than ever before; making them seem like the actual objects that I photographed in the first place.

As for how all of this became true for me, well, I was led to contemporary art by the world-famous artist Paul McCarthy. I worked with Paul for two years as a performance artist in two of his art exhibition films (which Hauser & Wirth funded). I then retired from acting in 2018 and spent the next two years consuming everything I could on contemporary art from PBS’s Art 21 to the writings & documentaries of past abstract painters, such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Pablo Picasso, Wassily Kandinsky, and I even studied cave paintings (the actual birthplace of abstract art).

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m more of an outdoor person when it comes to showing friends & family members the city of Los Angeles. So, I would take them to the Hollywood Sign, the Observatory, Hollywood Walk of Fame which includes all the famous movie theaters. I would also take them to Venice Beach, Santa Monica Pier, the Pacific Coast Highway up to Malibu & Point Dume. Then, if we still had time, I would take them to the best museums in town, such as LACMA, The Broad, MOCA, and Jeffrey Deitch’s art gallery. I think that would totally blow their minds away! 😉

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Applied knowledge is power! But, to get power you need knowledge first.

So, I would like to thank David Mamet’s acting conservatory “Atlantic Acting School” and Michael Levine & Lee Runchey (my two publicists). They were the primary reason why I rose through the ranks as a professional actor.

As for selling my contemporary art, I would love to thank FASO, Art Storefronts, Eric Rhoads, Paul Klein, and Wyland. They all taught me that you can create your own art gallery, and that should be your primary goal as an artist instead. So, I’m very grateful to their wonderful knowledge and information.

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