About Melanie Delgado
Melanie Delgado was born and raised in Morris County, NJ. She later spent several years living in Southern California. She is currently a full time Artist in Residence at the Byrdcliffe Art Colony in Woodstock, NY with her husband Marc Delgado their daughter Mary and dog Spike where she has been focusing on her abstract oil paintings. Her home studio shared with birds, chipmunks and white moths was built in 1903. From spray paint to oil sticks, Melanie uses playfulness, a child-like vision and a heavy dose of street art to bring her voice to the canvas, door, window or piece of wood. Her background has been in the field of education ranging from high school to preschool. Art Camp (individual & small group art sessions) developed at her home studio with children from the local community. Melanie instructs at the Woodstock School of Art, the course is for young artists ages 12+. Delgado is curious about the stories behind the dilapidated fence, the overgrown pines and what comes next.
These paintings have many layers. Typically they start with chaotic movements, sometimes drawn with her eyes closed. The layers begin to evolve as the paint is applied, scraped off, reapplied and moved until it feels just right. Delgado works on multiple pieces at a time, constantly exploring color combinations and levels of interest in a particular line or area of the work. Although she works on multiple pieces they don’t necessarily relate or communicate with one another. Living in the woods of the Hudson Valley Melanie is influenced by the sounds, sights and tastes of trees, dirt, critters and the deep history of the artists who came before her.
She’s interested in other mediums such as metal work, wood sculpture, and recycled installations. Melanie continues to be drawn to strange- thrown away objects’, the rust and its potential keep her digging.