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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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 

The power of art to connect us.

What I love about art is the way it surpasses all of the human limitations that we place on our society and our interactions with each other. All the ways we separate ourselves, be it by our age, ethnicity, culture, geography and even interests; all of these boundaries melt away when we take in and connect with art and creative forms of expression.

Black and white abstract drawing purchased by my young collector. 

 I have been lucky to have been able to connect with people from all around the world through my art.  . My art is about the subtle ways we as humans express ourselves, our emotions and our perceptions of what it means to be a person in our modern day world. It is for this reason that I love hearing feedback from people about my art because the feedback is as diverse as our the people.

Most recently I had two collectors come to my studio that brought me such a strong feeling of humility and gratitude for the way art has allowed me to connect with diverse people from all around the world. A young collector (of just 16 years) old contacted me to come see my work. I did not know he was a collector until he came to my studio. I asked him if he was a student of art and his reply was "no, I am an art collector". For me this moment was so wonderful because it was so great to see someone that young understand how powerful art can be and choose to invest in it and value it (way beyond the material). It left me feeling very inspired by the way art is such a powerfully personal experience and how we can all connect to the creative energy in are own way. 

The next day, I had a client who has previously purchased some of my pieces come over to my studio to pick up two more pieces. The client is from UK and I thought he was here for business and wanted to come pick them up personally and meet. It turned out he came just to meet me, see the art and pick it up. He came one day and left the next. I was left without words by the deep emotion of gratitude and humbleness for his support and energy. 

Abstract portrait purchased by my UK art collector. 

Abstract figurative portrait purchased by my UK art collector.

For me, art has always been about more than just creating art. It has always been about connecting with people through my art and in person. Having these two beautiful experiences with two of my clients, collectors and supporters was a touching experience that just showed me the real beauty of art and it is the human connection that we all share. 

Here with both of my clients...

Here with both of my clients...