Michel Delgado


Contact Information

michel@micheldelgado.com

Phone: 305-923-7673

http://www.micheldelgado.com/

Crane Arts Old School 1417 N. 2nd Street Philadelphia, PA 19122

Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.

Painting/Mixed Media

Artist's Statement

Growing up in Senegal, on the west coast of Africa, life and art shared the same space. They were indistinguishable. As a young boy in Dakar, I learned that art is the tool I have for a direct and honest conversation with my own heart. Art always has been my rescuer, my liberator - creatively, emotionally, and spiritually. I'm a self-taught painter, able to create in any media, always painting work that is straightforward and personal, work coming from a place within me that is constantly loud and growing.

My work has been called naive. I fill my canvases with intense and basic colors, crisply painted shapes, and meticulous detail: I make work without conventional representational techniques; my work is free of metaphor, irony, and paradox. I paint straightforward narratives, stories of my journey, and memories of everyday experiences.

Everything I create and paint comes through my relationship with the world around me, my direct response to my fantasies, my wonder, and my spiritual growth. No journey in my life remains as straightforward as painting.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2014
The Gum Art Exhibition, Thirty-six Original Paintings

Michel Delgado, Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL

2012
The Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington, KY

2011
Ybor City School of Visual & Performing Arts Gallery, Tampa, FL

2010
Studio of Key West, Key West, FL

2008
Gum Art Series, Kent Gallery, Key West, FL

2006
The Good Seed, Kent Gallery, Key West, FL

2005
Terrors of the Soul, an outdoor assemblage, Kent Gallery, Key West, FL

2004
Sweet Venom, Kent Gallery, Key West, FL

2000
Michel Delgado, Woodenhead Gallery, Key West, FL

1999
Woodenhead Gallery, Key West, FL

1998
Lenny Gallery, Key West, FL

1997
Hambridge Center Gallery, Rabun Gap, GA

Group
2013
Rittenhouse Square Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA

Armonk Fine Art Festival, New York, NY

Cherry Creek Art Festival, Denver, CO

Sun Valley Art Festival, Sun Valley, ID

Art in the Pearl Fine Art Festival, Portland, OR

2012
Coconut Grove Fine Art Festival, Miami, FL

Rittenhouse Square Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA

Cherry Creek Art Festival, Denver, CO

Sun Valley Art Festival, Sun Valley, ID

2011
Gasparilla Fine Arts Festival, Tampa, FL

The Artist’s Project, New York City, NY

Strange Seduction, Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL

Cherry Creek Fine Arts Festival, Denver, CO

Rittenhouse Square Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA

Kansas City Fine Arts Festival, Kansas City, KS

Saint Louis Art Fair, Saint Louis, MO

Contemporary Art Fair at the Javits Center, New York, NY

2010
Bruce Museum of Fine Art, Greenwich, CT

Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL

Saint Louis Art Fair, Saint Louis, MO

Beaux Arts Festival of Miami, Miami, FL

Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver, CO

2009
Kentucky Festival of the Arts- For Outsider and Visionary Art, Tuscaloosa, AL

The Boardwalk Art Show Contemporary Art Center, Virginia Beach, VA

Saint Louis Art Fair, Featured Artist for Festival T-shirt, Saint Louis, MO

2008
Gasparilla Festival of Arts, Tampa, FL

Washington D.C. International Art Expo, Washington, DC

2007
King Kong of Modern Art, Paradeisos Center, Art Basel, Miami, FL

Sun Fest Fine Art Exhibition, Palm Beach, FL
Juried Exhibition

Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Tampa, FL

2006
Sun Fest Fine Art Exhibition, Palm Beach, FL
Juried Exhibition

2005
Terrors of the Soul, an outdoor assemblage, Key West, FL

Second Annual Human Form Show, Kent Gallery, Key West, FL

2004
Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
Curator: Lori Mertes

2003
The Ground We Walk On, Kent Gallery, Key West, FL

Without Boundaries, World Arts Festival, Montgomery College, Rockville, MD

Zora Neale Fine Art Show, Orlando, FL
Juried Exhibition

Old Island Days Fine Art Show, Key West, FL
Juried Exhibition

2002
Cardboard Return, 213 Commercial Street Gallery, Provincetown, MA

City Hall Annual Art Exhibition, Hollywood, FL

Dreams, Drama, Desire, Kent Gallery, Key West, FL

Erotica, Woodenhead Gallery, Key West, FL

2001
The Woodstock Fine Art Exhibit, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Juried Exhibition

Erotica, Woodenhead Gallery, Key West, FL

2000
The Shrine, Blue Heaven, Key West, FL

Awards and Honors

2013
Juror Award Mixed Media, Saint Louis Art Fair, Saint Louis, MO
Juror: Sharry Brown

2012
First place in mixed media, Beaux Arts Festival of Miami, Miami, FL

Best of Show, Sun Fest Art Festival, West Palm Beach, FL

First place in mixed media, Fountain Square Art Festival, Chicago, IL

First place in mixed media, Sun Valley Art Festival, Sun Valley, ID

2011
Second place in mixed media, Beaux Arts Festival of Miami, Miami, FL

First place in mixed media, Melbourne Arts Festival, Melbourne, FL

2010
First place in Painting, The Bruce Museum of Fine Art

Images- A Festival of the Arts, Award of Honor

2009
Patron Award, Kentucky Festival of the Arts

Best of Show, Silver Saint Stephen’s Fine Art Show, Coconut Grove, FL

2008
Best of Show, Sun Fest Fine Art Exhibition, Palm Beach, FL

Award of Merit, Ocala Fine Art Show, Ocala, FL

2007
Best in Show, Sun Fest Fine Art Exhibition, Palm Beach, FL

Award of Merit, Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Tampa, FL

2006
First Place, Two-Dimensional Work, Sun Fest Fine Art Exhibition, Palm Beach, FL

Featured Artist, Florida International Magazine, Annual Fall Art Issue

Installation for center stage for Key West Literary Seminar (juried), Key West, FL

2005
Award of Merit, Sun Fest Fine Art Exhibition, Palm Beach, FL

2004
Visual and Media Artists Fellowship Award, South Florida Cultural Consortium

2003
Zora Neal Hurston Award of Excellence, Zora Neale Fine Art Show, Orlando, FL

Featured Visual Arts Artist Award, World Arts Festival, Montgomery College, Rockville, MD

Artist-in-Residence, Montgomery College, Rockville, MD

2002
Award of Merit, Promenade in the Park, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

2001
Award of Excellence, the Woodstock Fine Art Exhibit, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

1992
Graphic Design Apprenticeship Award, French Council of the Arts, Paris

1991
Ceramics Apprenticeship Award, French Council of the Arts, Paris

Projects

2013
"The Field Guide to Gum Spotting," an original interactive art guide and street map, USA

2006
Film, “The Making of ‘Terrors of the Soul’”

Publications

2008
Kent, David and Delgado, Michel, Michel Delgado: Visionary Artist, Kent Gallery

2007
Featured Artist, Florida International Magazine, Annual Fall Art Issue

2006
Poster for Island Festival, Key West, FL

2005
"Artist to Watch," Florida International Magazine, Annual Fall Art Issue

Cover Design (juried), Key West Literary Seminar Brochure, Key West, FL

2004
Cover Design (juried), Key West Symphony Orchestra Season Brochure, Key West, FL

Collections

Russell Cowles Contemporary Collection, Minneapolis, MN
The Pavel Family Collection, Portland, OR
Joseph and Janet Shein Collection, Philadelphia, PA
The Tillou Contemporary Collection, Litchfield, CT
Lisa and Jeffrey Visotsky Collection, Chicago, IL
John Chapman and Claire Davidson, Portland, OR
Ted Titus Collection, Ormond Beach, FL
John and Jacqueline Lowell Collection, Philadelphia, PA
Alan and Jacqueline Cerf Contemporary Collection, N. Reddington Beach, FL
Bob Bowersox Collection, Philadelphia, PA
Mastrobuono Art Collection, Key West, FL
Gail Freeman Contemporary Collection, West Palm Beach, FL
Alvaro and Sandra Lopez Collection, Rockville, MD
Donald Tumini Modern & Contemporary Collection, Philadelphia, PA
David Markin Collection, Trustee, New York Museum of African Art, New York, NY
Gaurichon Collection, International Art Brut Foundation, Paris, France
Luzuriaga Collection, Jupiter Realty Corporation, Charleston, SC
Paul and Edna Goodman Collection, Chicago, IL
Mike and Holly Wheeler Collection, Denver, CO
Wangard-Cashman Art Collection, Minneapolis, MN
Alan Nathan and Sedra Art Collection, Madison, WI
Nancy and Gavin Arton Collection, Bermuda
Jean Carper Contemporary Collection, Key West, FL