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April 22, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
The Museum of Art – DeLand and the African American Museum of the Arts present an Artist Talk with Michel Delgado, whose exhibition, A Quiet Revelation will be on view at our downtown DeLand gallery.
Artist Talk with Michel Delgado
Saturday, April 22, 2023 | 12 – 1 p.m.
Noble “Thin Man” Watts Amphitheater at the African American Museum of the Arts
325 S. Clara Ave. DeLand, Florida 32720
Presented in partnership with the African American Museum of the Arts.
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, 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.
This exhibition and its attendant events are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Florida Division of Arts & Culture.
Image: Michel Delgado, Will You Change Me This Time?, Mixed Media on Watercolor Paper, 23 x 17 in., 2014