"Everything I create and paint comes through my relationship with the world around me, my direct response to my fantasies, my wonder and my spiritual growth. No journey in my life remains as straightforward as painting.'

- Michel Delgado

Growing up in Senegal, on the west coast of Africa, life and art shared the same space.  They were indistinguishable.  As a young boy in Dakar, Michel learned that art is the tool he had for a direct and honest conversation with his own heart.  Art has always been his rescuer; his liberator – creatively, emotionally, spiritually.  He is a self-taught painter, working in any media, and always painting work that is straightforward and personal.  His work comes from a place within him that is constantly loud and growing.


Michel’s work has been called naïve.  He fills his canvases with intense and basic colours, crisply painted shapes, and meticulous detail.  He makes work without conventional representational techniques; and it is free of metaphor, irony or paradox.  He paints straightforward narratives, stories of his journey and memories of everyday experiences.