Ryan Delgado Artist Biography

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Ryan Delgado

Ryan Delgado is a representational realist painter from Kansas City, Missouri, and is currently living in Greenwood, Missouri.  He attended Truman State University, and graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Painting. 

Ryan is perhaps best known for his figurative and portrait paintings in oil.  Much of his painting skill today is due to his fascination and study of Old Master techniques, particularly those of Velázquez, Titian, Rubens, and Caravaggio.  Ryan’s ultimate mission as a painter is to create bold and thought-provoking images that are rooted in his faith:

“They have to be more than just pretty pictures.  The bolder the image, the better.  If my hope is to stir up the viewers' emotions, and make them think about or even dig deeper in their own faith, then the image has to demand their attention.”

In May 2012, Ryan became a juried member of the Lee’s Summit Missouri-based group Summit Art, and has been a member of National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society since 2015.  His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions in the Kansas City area since 2010.  He was featured in his first solo show at Kaldi’s on the Plaza in Kansas City in 2011, and held his second solo exhibition at the Gamber Community Center in Lee’s Summit, Missouri from May 1 – July 17, 2014.  He currently has an ongoing exhibition at Jones Gallery in the Crossroads Arts District in Kansas City, Missouri.

Ryan has won numerous awards through shows in the Kansas City area including 6 Best of Show awards as of August, 2016.  His painting The Blood of the Martyrs is a two-time Best of Show winner, and was among the top 150 entries in the National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society’s 2015 Fall Online International Exhibition.  His current Self earned the Best of 2D award at Images Art Gallery’s 2016 Juried Exhibition in Overland Park, Kansas.  Two of Ryan’s most recent works, Recumbent and Helix, are part of a new series of figurative paintings that he’s calling Imago Dei (The Image of God), which is an expressive look at the human form:

“Imago Dei is about the paradox of being beautifully and perfectly created, and yet living imperfect lives.  Each of these figures is surrounded by distortion – the noise and chaos of life.  I believe we are God’s ultimate creation, and we are in a constant tug-of-war with the things that can corrupt us.”