"Everything around us has the right to be included as part of our culture’s artistic legacy - from tamale making to masonry, from adobe to oil paint."
David Arevalo is a Texas born, Chicago based, Mexican, costume designer, maker, and artist. He is compelled to showcase the stories and experiences of communities that have found themselves underserved by the American artistic canon. The transformation and elevation of ideas, objects, and expectations is central to his practice.
Costume Designs at Northwestern University include Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (2022), Last Stop on Market Street (2021), Eurydice (2019), and Machinal (2019). Outside of NU: El Cóndor Mágico (2021, The Civilians R&D), Pinocchio, Rapunzel (2018, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park). Associate: Pelléas et Mélisande (2017, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra). Assistant: Quixote Nuevo (2019, Hartford Stage).
He is a first-generation college graduate and holds a BA from the University of Texas at Austin. He is currently an MFA candidate in Northwestern University’s Stage Design program and was the recipient of Northwestern's 2021 Merritt Academic Prize for Collaborative Design.