Today I'd like to introduce you to the talented Diana Delgado. Diana is a talented abstract painter living in New York. Her work has a sense of humor, which I love! For example the first painting below is titled 'Chocolate Fountain.' I also just love the color and movement in her work. So, without further ado, let's get to know Diana.Where did you grow up, and where do you live now?
I grew up in Montville, NJ. I live in Manhattan. My studio is also in the city - a block from my apartment.Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your work.
My paintings are gestural abstractions based in color and form. Most of the work comes about over long periods of time - after cycles of adding and subtracting material. While I arrive at some pieces quickly (particularly smaller works), it is generally my way to have paintings and paper works hang out in studio for a while. Paper work hangs around, usually on the floor, while I work on the stretched canvases. Sometimes the paper pieces function as color studies or directly influence the composition of a large painting. I often highlight the silliness in my work through titles. A sense of humor and laughing are super important to me as an artist and as a person.
Read the rest of the interview after the jump.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Living in New York is a sure-fire way to keep an active mind. I collect visual resources from everywhere: discarded fabric and paper scraps, fashion mags and online runway videos, piles or stacks of construction supplies or garbage (I love piles and stacks. I take quick shots of them on my phone.). The resources are stocked in my studio - either in boxes or pinned to the wall. I look to them for palette inspiration and form, sometimes attaching the scraps to the paintings for texture / surface, line or color / temperature. They tend to function as resting places from the crowded paintings.How do you stay creative?
How do you stay creative?
I walk a lot - through Brooklyn and Manhattan. It gives me time to think through my work and really absorb the intensity of New York. The constant 'go', the pulse of the city motivates my work. I work part-time as the office manager at an art fabrication studio in Brooklyn. Everyone at the company is an artist so there is a great energy and support system. We aid prominent, contemporary artists in realizing their sculpture - so even when I am at my day-job I feel a part of the art community.
What advice would you give to other artists and designers?
You can make anything. Your work is whatever you want it to be.
What are your goals this year?
Continue to focus on the group of paintings I have going in studio. I have an upcoming group show in October, so I would like to have some new work done (and hopefully dry) to include in the exhibit.
What is your favorite food?
Far too difficult to choose - I love most foods and cooking. I do not like olives.
Be sure to check out Diana's website to see more of her work.