Untitled (Los Angeles balloon slanger)
The painterly brushstrokes in this work are contrasted by cubes of color, creating an abstract, pixelated scene of a city park. The artist uses digital methods of creation to manipulate reference images used for his paintings. He morphs and distorts these images with both the computer and the paintbrush.
Rafael Delacruz’s paintings blend absurdity with satire. His work chronicles interactions with urban architecture in dystopian landscapes, places where figures blend into street corners and objects transform into body parts. Delacruz distorts and morphs images for his paintings, first with a computer and then with the paintbrush.
Rafael Delacruz was born in 1989 in San Francisco, California. Delacruz holds a BFA in Film Theory from San Francisco State University.
Solo exhibitions of his work have taken place at: Goldies Gallery in New York City; Et Al in San Francisco, California; Rachel Uffner in New York City; and The Middler in Brooklyn, New York City.
His work has also been included in group and two-person exhibitions in numerous venues, including: the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santa Barbara; Cheim & Read in New York City; Loyal Gallery Stockholm in Stockholm, Sweden; Shoot The Lobster in Los Angeles, California; The Loon in Toronto, Canada; Pilar Corrias in London, UK; American Medium in Brooklyn, New York; The Journal Gallery in Brooklyn, New York; and the Oakland Museum of Art in Oakland, California; among others.
He lives and works between Los Angeles and Berkeley, California.