Faces - we see ourselves in each other?

For the last two years I have been exploring my series Faces of the System. If you ever wondered what inspires my work, please read my artist statement here. Over time the faces have transformed, changed and shaped in ways I could not have imagined. Inspired by the things and the people around me, my pieces keep carrying on the conversation of how we express ourselves. 

What if I added more than one face in a piece? Would they tell a different story, would the mirror each other, share a same experience or be two entirely separate entities?

Work in progress.....

Work in progress.....

These are questions that I am sure they paintings will come to answer as I explore and create. Here are some new pieces that are beginning this process. Stay tuned for more by signing up to my Art Lovers List and seeing the work as it is created. 

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When I first started... looking back

A few years ago I started to feel like I was on to something in my new style by breaking free from what I called "cut and paste" art into letting things come from the inside (so not from photos). 

I did a little video with a help of my friend and fellow artist Alex Usquiano Here is a little look back to a few years ago when I started experimenting with abstract concepts and lines in my work. Perhaps it is time for a new video :) 

Sketches

If you ever see me outside of the studio you will usually see me with sketchbook in hand doing some sketches. I have been doing these for a while without sharing too much, but this year decided it was time to include in my body of work. 
Below is a compilation of some of my selected drawings and sketches. To view more (where i also regularly update them) go HERE  

To purchase sketches please get in contact with me directly. 

Follow my art to Europe

I have been very fortunate to sell my work around the world and connect with many interesting people. This September I went to Europe to do some live painting in Sweden at the gallery representing me there. While I was there I decided to visit with some of my collectors. At time it felt like I was following my art, it has gotten there before me (sometimes many years before) and now I had a chance to meet face to face the people who have made it part of their home and their life. 

My first visit was an afternoon spent in Soho, London with one of collectors. I brought him some pieces that he had acquired and we spent the afternoon getting to know the London pub and food scene in Soho. I was deeply moved by his reaction to seeing the work. His words (and accompanying tears of emotion)"Carlos you change people's lives through your art" touched me deeply. To see such a personal and emotional connection to my work is one of the greatest inspirations to go to the studio every day and create more and more. There is no greater joy. 

Following this, I had a wonderful experience to visit one of my collector's at his home in the English countryside and together with my wife spend two nights getting to know him and his family. Leaving his home, both my wife and me felt like we found a new family. I am forever grateful for his hospitality and welcoming into his home and life. I was left speechless when I walked into the house and saw one of my big pieces beautifully framed in the foyer, followed by 8 more paintings in his living room and kitchen. Having such profound support of someone brings me such deep sense of gratitude on this journey of making art and knowing that those paintings come to life even more when they leave my studio and go into someone's home and life. 

My last visit was a with a collector who bought one of my first pieces (first piece to be sold in Europe and first abstract piece to be sold) three years ago. When he bought, I was so excited about the sale that I forgot to sign it. I had made him a promise that one day I would come to London and sign it. I finally had a chance to do this and meet a wonderful person and his family. 

I share this story because I think life and art is all about connection with each other. Sometimes my pieces portray emotions of how people don't connect with each other and sometimes they do. But to see the emotion they carry into each person's life and how they make that piece their own, that for me is witnessing of a powerful connection and power of art. Art for me is everything. Like someone told me once "it is like breathing for you isn't it". To be able to share all kind of emotions and feelings through art and have it mean something to me, ultimately having me lead to a connection with this person (even if we never meet) that to me is very humbling and one of the reasons why I get up every day with passion to work more and more. Thank you to anyone who has ever connected in some way to my art. 

From the Artist Canvas; Starting a piece

It has taken me four years to realize that for me painting is not about creating a specific artistic aesthetic, rather it isabout my personal expression and the process of using creativity to say something. I want to share with you two short videos of painting and drawing and how I usually start the process. 

Visual Arts and Dance; bridging the language of expression.

For the last few years now I have been doing commercial live painting at events. It has been quite a rewarding experience that has introduced me to a lot of new and interesting people, seen many interesting things and had an opportunity to contribute creatively to many different events. I have been fortunate to paint live at many diverse events from private business events, public events such as Pan Am Games and Culture Days, and fundraisers like the most recent one with Toronto Arts Foundation and City of Toronto's Mayor.  I enjoy the challenges of creating a customized piece in a short time frame while having an opportunity to meet people and include them in the creative process. However, as I believe that an artist always needs to evolve (and I get bored quickly with the same thing), I wanted to see how I could push the expression of live painting in another format.

A few years ago my wife produced a dance piece called Stories That My Body Told Me. After the presentation we all talked about how we could continue to merge different forms of art together when the idea of blending visual art with dance came up. Forward to now, I am happy to say that the we brought this conversation into a reality in a creative collaboration between myself and one of the dancers from her piece Mateo Gilando Torres  and his dance company Form Contemporary Dance Theatre.  

 "I:Variations"  was presented at Burlington Center for the Arts and in Toronto in January of 2017. Below is a bit of the piece. 

"I:Variations is a solo created and performed by Mateo Gilando Torres with visual artist Carlos Delgado. The work explores the multiple realities that can coexist within one individual, and how these realities shift and mould through time according to circumstances and experiences. Carlos' live painting reflects back the layers of Mateo's consciousness seen and unseen. Music composed by Greg Harrison "

The process of fusing visual art with dance was a very interesting and new process of me from which both myself and Mateo learned a lot. Exploring how to tell a story of a feeling from apparently different mediums was a fascinating journey that had us experimenting with so many tangible and intangible aspects of  a performance. Using each detail, from light to type of canvas, to costumes, to music and silent moments, we brought to life a unified expression of different identities and expressions, at times seen and at times unseen. 

Sometimes it is easy to say, I am a painter, or visual artist, or I am a dancer and stay within the comfort zone of the craft which we have mastered or continue to master each day, but I think the fun lies in those moments when we step out of those pre-defined labels and simply say I am an artist; someone who uses a creative method to bring to life a story, reflection, a connection etc.