Monica Delgado
Medium: Painting

Studio Location:
Reis Studios - Studio# 241
43-01 22nd Street



Artist Bio:
Monica Delgado was born in Manila, Philippines in 1979. She works with acrylic paint as her main medium, with a more sculptural approach. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts in Painting from the University of the Philippines, Diliman, cum laude. Monica has exhibited her work in solo and group shows in Manila, Singapore, Istanbul, New York, and Houston. Her works are part of permanent hotel collections such as Conrad Hotel Manila, Andaz Hotel Singapore and Memorial Sloan Kettering in Commack, New York. She has completed two residencies from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Monica lives Manhattan and works out of her studio in Long Island City.

Artist Statement:
I create multidimensional explorations of the physicality of paint that trick the viewer into thinking the medium is fabric, canvas, paper, or plastic. My process involves drying acrylic paint in layers, drips, individual strips or sheets. I squeeze paint out of condiment bottles in varying lines, drip paint from sticks or knives, or spread it with putty tools and scrapers. Once it's dry, I stack, layer, coil, roll, drape or wrap the paint around objects or cut it into tiny pieces and adhere it together.

I was formerly a traditional, photography referencing painter. But the cultural debate surrounding the death of painting, coupled with an emerging rebellion against the repetitive motion of painting on canvas, sparked a need in me to challenge how far I could stretch the concept of a painting and the use of the medium.

I want my work to bring delight and wonder to viewers, and more importantly, to open up a chain of questions regarding the interrelation between paint as a medium and subject, its relationship to traditional supports or lack of, and to participate in the dialogue of resuscitating painting without predictability.

All images and text copyright Monica Delgado