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Seraphin Gallery, 1108 Pine Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19107

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MICHEL DELGADO

"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."

"The surface of my paintings is a glimpse of how I struggle a lot with the worlds between dream states. The worlds of our dreaming, the dreams of achieving something that's not realistic. When you first talk about having your big dream you run to share it with your parents and they say how it's just a dream, grow out of it. But dreams are real even if they come from fantasy or desire. When I dream I want so badly to manifest it in my life I work to recognize it emotionally and physically. You need discipline to achieve that dream of fantasy or desire. It's always going to exist between you and reality. Feeding from the part of you is very creative and each time I add something from that to my paintings it becomes a little more tangible even though it can never fully fit into reality."

"The real truth you recognize and don't need to do anything to make it more visible. That's why I like the world of the supernatural. It's not realistic and it's good to get lost there."