Carlos Delgado is a Colombian artist currently living in Toronto, Canada. His works explore a multitude of expressions and ranges of human self-expression. Focusing on capturing the subtleties of emotions and experiences as expressed through the face and the body, his work becomes a reflection of each individual being and humans as a whole.
Carlos is an internationally recognized artist with works held in private collections in Canada, USA, Europe, Asia, Australia and South America. His work has been shown in solo and group shows in Canada and Colombia. Carlos is a recipient of the the Art Access Award by Toronto Arts Foundation (2015), a two-time finalist for Toronto Arts Foundation Newcomer Artist Award (2014 and 2015), winner of the Power Plant Gallery Artist Residency in Toronto (2016) and several live art public commissions such as Ontario Culture Days (2016) and Pan Am Games (2015). He is also a co-recipient of the Toronto Arts Council Community Arts Grant (2017) for his community art project “In Our Shoes”, which provides access to arts to marginalized youth.
As a live artist, Carlos integrates live art to create contemporary large scale installations and multi-discipline collaborative works.
I am fascinated by the way human beings express themselves and relate to one another within our modern systems. The environment that I am, including all of the cultural and social aspects, are the influences and the subjects of my work. Within these systems I try to find the human elements, those subtle expressions of our emotions, experiences and stories which make us unique and yet at the same time connect us to each other. Through my contemporary and abstract figurative and portrait work, I focus on the subtle way these human experiences are expressed, be it in our facial gestures, in the way we occupy and share space with each other or the way we present ourselves to the world. My portraits are often times layered in techniques to show all of the different layers of emotions and experiences found within a simple gesture, look, position or focus of a particular aspect of a face. They invite the viewer to find their own story within it allowing for a sense of relatedness.