Sometimes art is not about making art.

The holiday season may be upon us. For me this time of the year always makes me think of how we can give back. I have always felt that artists have a social responsibility to give back through their art. I have throughout  my career always tried to find ways to do this, because art isn't always just for the sake of doing art. 

A few years back when the refugee crisis started on a large global scale we saw large number of people leaving their homelands, putting themselves through treacherous trips to bring a better future to their families and themselves. Coming from a country that has the second biggest number of internally placed refugees, this had a huge impact on me. In response to this, I wanted to find the humanity within it all, and not have it just be numbers of people. I wanted to find hope that we can find in the darkest hour. So, I created a series called Travelers Under the Moon. Pics below. 

This year before I left for my trip to Colombia, I decided to donate some of the pieces in the series to a local agency who works with supporting refugee every day, FCJ Refugee Centre. I am honored for them receiving me and my artwork. Thank you for your conversation, the delicious lunch and generosity. Here are some pics. 

I still have two large (4'x'5 ) pieces from this series that I would love to donate to someone who can put it up somewhere and show hope, show human connection, show the energy of love and family. If interested feel free to email me at artcarlosdelgado@gmail.com 

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 :) 

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.