How would you describe your art?
My art is a juxtaposition of geometry and history, past and present, changing lights and perspectives. I use reflections of technology, digitalized imagery, LED lights, and ecology to tell a layered, 3D tale in paintings.
How does Miami influence your work?
Most of my work is Miami inspired. It was at Miami Dade College where I started my college training in Architecture. I started taking lots of pictures in Miami and sketching the city's landmarks at this point and I learned to look at the city in a different way. My collections are an homage to Miami, the city that marked my life in so many ways.
What topics do you address in your art?
I depict history, current affairs, endangered species, bygone icons, and the truth I see "Behind the Lights".
What inspires you?
A good story: There's a good story behind everything. The passion that drives forward momentum.
How would you describe yourself as a person?
I am very inquisitive and am always looking for the human perception, with differing views and how people intervene nature to reveal its innate contradictions.
What are your plans for 2012?
2012 Started with a plethora of new projects and amazing opportunities. Dade Heritage Trust has approached us to utilize my work for their Dade Heritage Days brochure and produce some shows together at some of Miami's treasured locations. We are in negotiations with Miami Science Museum to showcase part of the collection for Earth Month. We are getting ready to unveil our revamped website: www.eleazardelgado.com. There is a collaboration with Joshua Kingston to write a book, expanding upon the descriptive text that accompanies my paintings. I need longer days!!! There is so much to do and more I want to be working on!
Please share an art world experience with us that changed how you view art
In 1966, Florence was flooded. I recall watching the news and I remember all the art students and musicians in Europe rushing to come to their aid. It was in witnessing this that they were preserving something great: Art and History. I was hooked.
How do you manage to mix the business and your art?
Art is my business. It is my full time job and can be very difficult to manage everything at once. I go between periods of working long days painting, evenings socializing and going to see other contemporary art that is on the market. It's more than a full time job!
What philosophy do you live by?
If you build it, they will come. Take a leap of faith and put forth effort and focus behind your passion.
Is there anything else you would like to share about yourself and your work?
My work is full of different points of view and is fueled with the diverse course I have taken to get where I am today. Architecture taught me how to investigate on how things were built and Interior design, how we fill those buildings. Photography gave me another angle while history fills me in on the story. Technology is the vision of the present and how that vision is ever changing is presented in a multilayered tapestry.