Artist honored to show work at festival

Saturday, April 26th 2008, 11:03 pm
By: News 9

By Jacqueline Sit, NEWS 9

Sadness, suffering and starvation are sights David Canavesio knows all too well.

As a photographer for Feed the Children for nearly two decades, Canavesio has traveled around capturing the prevalence of poverty worldwide. He is using that need an inspiration for his art that he's showcasing at the 2008 Festival of the Arts.

"I go to terrible places and I see the positive that comes out, that results from feeding when there's a crisis where there's war, famine or you know disaster," he said.

The Argentina native started taking pictures when he purchased his first camera at age 9.  With the 50 cents he meant to spend on candy, he ended up with a camera.

"I remember the man reached up and pulled up a beautiful, much more beautiful, camera than the one I wanted, put film in it and gave it to me," he said.

This week, Canavesio has put the camera down. Instead, he is showcasing his other passion, painting.

"Its' my way to kinda take away from the suffering I see and just work on something that'll hopefully cause someone to be happy and have a positive experience with it," he said.

He is one of the few artists from Oklahoma City at the prestigious Festival of Arts, featuring more than 100 artists from around the country.

"Some of the artist who've showed here I've admired for so long and just to be here beside them is an honor for me," he said.

Sunday is the final day for the festival. It's open from 11a.m. until 6 p.m. in downtown Oklahoma City. Admission is free.