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FERNANDO DELGADO


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Photographer Fernando Delgado at home

Photographer Fernando Delgado at home

Composition No.K3-2006, by Fernando Delgado

Composition No.K3-2006, by Fernando Delgado

Signpost featured artist of the month
Fernando Delgado: “A serious artist”

—BEN FORGEY
Photographer Fernando Delgado is a refined gentleman of great taste. His photographs— called “sumptuous ... classical and sexy” by THE magazine— delve into the realm of the senses. Overtly studies of light, texture, shape, and form, they also evoke the sound of fingertips brushing against the porcelain vases that are the subject matter, the warmth of sun on skin and the tastes and smells of a sybarite's afternoon.

Though he is new to image making himself, he has spent his whole professional life as an art director in New York, working with the very best creative minds in every media. The lessons he took from them and from his undergraduate days at Parsons School of Design allowed him to emerge as a full-fledged artist. His work on Madison Avenue also taught him that simplicity and directness are key ingredients to successful communication.

“How can I edit something and still reveal the essence of what I am trying to say,” Delgado muses, in a beautiful tenor voice soaked in the rum-sugar accent of his original home, Cuba. “There is a quote on the wall of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum which says that details (to her) were almost confusing ... That the role of the artist is to distill the essence ... That was very meaningful to me.”

Delgado shot his first photograph—for his Christmas card—while still living in New York, two years ago. The simple word “peace” was embossed in the border. The success of the image encouraged him to continue arranging and shooting his beloved collection of forties’ and fifties’ vases even after his move to Placitas. Their sensuous curves and eggshell finishes capture the natural light streaming in through windows in New York and New Mexico—differently, but with equal strength. He has made now three series, “White”, then “Black,” and now “Color.” The digital prints on archival rag paper (twenty-three by thirty inches) seem to breathe the richness of light and shadow and lovely saturated color. The photos relate to O'Keeffe's work not only in their close-up, pared down abstraction, but they also share the famous creaminess of her brushwork.

Neal Benezra, the esteemed director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, chose Composition-K3 2006, from the “White” series, for the Biennial Southwest exhibition. The show is currently hung in the Albuquerque Museum until January 7 (see side article). It is a true testament to the maturely developed stage of Delgado's talents on essentially his first time out.

On a recent visit to the Placitas Holiday Sale, a neighbor introduced Delgado to another neighbor by saying that “Fernando is a serious artist,” about which he feels slightly embarrassed.

“It is not as though I am spending all day ....” (He clasps his hands as if in prayer and genuflects towards one of his prints.) But his photographs are a study or meditation on light. His eye and attention to detail reveal a seriousness that cannot be mistaken.

Visit www.fernandodelgadophotography.com to see more images in color. Delgado will be discussing his work at the Albuquerque Museum as a part of their artist lecture series on Thursday, December 14, at 2:00 pm.

 

 



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