Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Nazaury Delgado: The Phoenix Rises

One of the beauties of the struggle is that we often get to see, glimmering through the ugliness, the stunning magnificence of the human spirit rising above the ashes of present reality. Yesterday morning, on one of the sites I visit regularly, I came across a presentation of photos by a young artist named Nazaury Delgado (above) who was featured last month in the New York Times and is subsequently taking both the internet and the art world by storm.

"Life"
Delgado struggled with a learning disability in school, but was ultimately discovered by Cornelius Van Wright of the Fred Dolan Academy. The rest of the story, I suspect, will eventually be history.

"Two Faces"
The young artist puts photographic portraits on a black background and then overlays them twenty to fifty times to create images he vizualizes in his head. The effects are stirring indeed.

"Still Here, Searching for You"
The only downer about making this kind of discovery is that I always walk away more confident than ever that the world is absolutely brimming with glorious talent such as this, just waiting for the tiniest bit of sunshine, the meagerest offering of food, the weakest shred of encouragement to burst into full bloom, blessing us all with its gifts.

"The Artist's Eye"
No wonder it's so easy to fall into hopelessness. The best of what is intended to and surely would keep us alive is often crushed by the Powers-That-Be, held in abeyance, under the surface of our awareness so we don't exult in the startlingly lovely truth of who we are.

"My World Is Growing"

2 comments:

Fannie Lou said...

Ooh, thanks for sharing this! Something you might like: http://eyeonthirdward.mfah.org/about.asp

Changeseeker said...

Eye on the Third Ward looks like a wonderful exhibit, Fannie Lou, and the program sounds well crafted and executed. There are so many of these types of programs from coast to coast and they are so important to creative young artists who otherwise would never get a chance to develop their talent. I'm concerned that, as money dries up more and more in the US, the wave of the future will be for these efforts to go increasingly un- or underfunded. Then hope will languish and sorrow thrive. Sigh. We must be on the lookout to encourage the young one-on-one whenever possible.