Daniel Pevar, of blessed memory, was born in Wilmington, DE on June 30, 1976 to Marc and Susan Pevar of Kennett Square, PA. He grew up in Kennett Square, attending the Hockessin Montessori School in Yorklyn, DE for preschool and the Kennett public schools (Mary D. Lang Elementary and Kennett Middle and High Schools). He also attended Hebrew School at Temple Beth El in Newark, DE and Adas Kodesch Shel Emeth (AKSE) in Wilmington, DE, celebrating his Bar Mitzvah at AKSE.
Dan showed an interest in and talent for graphic arts at an early age; the children’s magazine Jack and Jill selected his drawing called “Whistling Mike,” submitted in elementary school, for their cover art. In high school he attended a special Saturday program for high school students at the Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia. While in high school he also created his first cartoons for the high school newspaper.
In high school Dan began to turn his creative energy to music in addition to drawing and painting, and he became an accomplished guitar player. He also arranged for performance venues and organized concerts for his high school musician friends and their bands. For the rest of his life he expressed his creativity through graphic arts, music and poetry, and in his last years through photography and video productions, as well. His creativity also took him in other directions than art – he became knowledgeable in the process of procuring patents because of several inventive ideas that he had over the years.
Dan attended Temple University’s Tyler School of Art in Jenkintown, PA for a year after high school. He then moved to the San Francisco Bay area but returned to the Delaware Valley within a year. Aside from a Birthright trip to Israel with his brother Noah, as well as as trips with his parents and Noah – to California (to visit his brother Jeremy) and to Israel, Turkey and Ukraine (to visit relatives and explore roots) -- Dan spent most of his life in the Delaware Valley (PA), living in Kennett Square and West Chester.
Dan suffered from bipolar disorder (manic depression), which was rapid cycling and occasionally caused confused thinking and even delusions. He was hospitalized several times in his adult life. This severe mental illness led to his untimely death on December 27, 2010, at the age of 34. However, he will be remembered by family and friends as a kind and generous person with a huge heart and a zest for life. He loved to collaborate on creative projects and he mentored other artists, younger and older.
Proceeds from the sale of Daniel Pevar's art will be contributed to organizations that support research and treatment of people who live with mental illness. May his memory be for a blessing.