Visual Artist Spotlight: Dave 'dtore' Liberatore

Born in the Bronx, Dave started drawing at a very young age. He filled all his school notebooks with various drawings and doodles, all while developing his own distinct style. Being inspired by graffiti and cartoons, Dave realized he wanted to pursue a career in the arts and studied graphic design at the Art Institute of NYC.

After graduating, Dave has gone on to work with many big names and companies in the streetwear community as well as some well known artists in hip hop. Dave plans on continuing his strong work ethic and focusing more on illustrations and paintings moving forward. 


How do you start a piece of art?

It all depends on what the piece is for... but I look at the canvas/wall/paper and can see what I want to do pretty quickly and then I begin to bring that image in my head to life. 

What does your process look like?

I usually just go in full steam once I have an idea and attack the piece and start to develop the image in my head onto the canvas/wall/paper. 

At what point did you consider yourself an artist?

Good question! Looking back I've always drawn all over school notebooks but I don't think I really considered myself an artist until college when friends started showing interest in my work and requesting drawings from me. 

Which of your own pieces of art is your favorite and why?

I have to say the mural I recently completed. It was a really big wall and by far the biggest piece of artwork I have done and it is something I am really proud of. It is not only artwork but also conveys a message that will hopefully uplift the community so that is pretty cool!

How do you know when a piece of art is not working, what do you do about it?

Usually when I force something it doesn't look as I would like it to. So I will step away from it, try to look at it with a fresh view point and come back to it and make sure I stick with it until I produce something I am happy with. 

How do you know when a piece of art is finished?

For me, it is never really finished. I could keep tweaking it and adding to the piece forever but at some point you just have to tell yourself that's it! It's done!

How do you accept critiques?

I accept critiques very well. I am aware not everyone will like what I do and I am fine with that. I also like critiques as sometimes they will make me see something I had not seen before from a different perspective which can only help.

What’s the hardest part about creating for you?

The hardest part I would say is finding enough time to fully immerse myself in the creative process. My schedule can get busy but the actual process of creating is very enjoyable and exciting for me. It is what it is all about!!! 


You can follow Dave on his Instagram @the_dtore and be sure to check out his fresh art skills in Issue Two of Pelorus Press!