Deladier Almeida

Biography

Del Almeida’s landscape paintings reflect a skill and intelligence that allows them to stake out a territory unto themselves, despite the artist’s acknowledgment of sources such as Wayne Thiebaud and Roland Petersen, with whom he studied at Davis. Del’s paintings are neither traditionally nor predictably beautiful. They are quirky and “deceptive” in a positive manner. Realism, a term overused to describe paintings that imitate the subjects represented, is of course deceptive on the face of it. All art is inherently abstract, that is to say, not the actual thing but a depiction of it. Part of Del’s magic is the sophisticated way he pivots back and forth between representational art and abstraction. The viewer, especially the casual one, feels comfort in the familiar rural landscape imagery. No modernist trickery here. But then, a closer look reveals elements that betray a playful mind at work behind the keen observation. The artist confounds his audience, producing a reassuring superficial reality and then shaking it up by digging deeper.

Despite the thought and calculation that go into the construction of an Almeida composition, when the actual painting begins he intentionally shifts method. Determined not to think or control what is taking place, he awaits the emergence of the unplanned images. When they appear they just take over. “There’s a lot going on, which is completely happening on its own.” And then: “You know, this is a painting!”

Born in Brazil, Almeida has lived in California since the mid-1980s, earning his degree from the University of California, Davis. He has exhibited his work at galleries, museums, and art fairs including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts in Davis, and the Bennington Center for the Arts, Vermont.

Education

1990      Studio Art, University of California, Davis.

Studied with Roy de Forest, David Hollowell,

Roland Petersen, and Wayne Thiebaud.


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2022      Landscapes of Tuscany and Rural California, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

2021      Dutch and Italian scenes, Obsession of Art Gallery, in Bergen, Holland

              New Landscape Paintings, Blue Rain Gallery, Sant Fe, NM. 

              110th Gold Medal Exhibition, California Art Club

Hilbert Museum of California Art, Chapman University, Orange, CA

                Landscapes of Tuscany and Rural California, SmithKlein Gallery, Boulder, CO

                 Shape & Structure, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco

2019       California & Tuscany - Abstracted Landscapes, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena

2018       Geometry of Chance, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco

                 New Landscapes, Elliott Fotus Gallery, Sacramento, CA.

                 New Landscapes, Sorelle Gallery, New Canaan, CT.

2017       Landscapes of Tuscany and Rural California, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

2016       Rural Abstractions, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco

2015       Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

                 Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.

2014       Aerial Abstractions, Campton Gallery, New York, NY.

                 Southwest Landscape, Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.

2013       The Calligraphy of Water: Landscapes of Rural California,  Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

                   Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.

                   The Cultivated Landscape: A Tuscan Travelogue, Knowlton  Gallery, Lodi, CA.

                   Geometry of Gravity: California Landscapes & Still Lifes,  Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2012        California Landscapes, Caffe Museo, San Francisco Museum  of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA.

                   Picture Perfect, Christian Hohmann Gallery, Palm Desert, CA.

                   Hidden Symmetries, Knowlton Gallery, Lodi, CA.

2011        Mirada Fine Art Gallery, Denver, CO.

                   New New Mexico Landscapes and Grand Tour Figures, Blue  Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.

                   Geometry of Occupation, Knowlton Gallery, Lodi, CA.

2010        World Figures and California Landscapes, Christian Hohmann Gallery, Palm Desert, CA.

                   New Mexico Landscapes, Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.

                   8th Annual California Landscape, John Natsoulas Gallery,  Davis, CA.

2009        New Paintings, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA.

                   Paintings of the Delta, Senator Lois Wolk’s office, California  State Capitol, Sacramento, CA.

                   7th Annual California Landscape, John Natsoulas Gallery,  Davis, CA.

2008        Geometry of Occupation, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA.

                   6th Annual California Landscape, John Natsoulas Gallery,  Davis, CA.

2007        Annual Figuration, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA.

2006        Portraits of Artists, Art Historians and Patrons of the Arts, California Landscapes, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA.

Press

PRESS

Selected Artworks

Spring West | SOLD

Spring West | SOLD

Oil on Canvas

48 x 96 inches

220212

Vesper Hues

Vesper Hues

Oil on Canvas

48 x 48 inches

220211

Morning Zing

Morning Zing

Oil on Canvas

48 x 48 inches

220210

Shade of Silence | SOLD

Shade of Silence | SOLD

Oil on Canvas

36 x 72 inches

220209

Valley Slant | SOLD

Valley Slant | SOLD

Oil on Canvas

36 x 36 inches

220208

Rising

Rising

Oil on Canvas

65 x 120 inches

220167

River Function

River Function

Oil on Canvas

60 x 48 inches

220165

Field Gravity

Field Gravity

Oil on Canvas

50 x 40 inches

220164

Gestural Escape

Gestural Escape

Oil on Canvas

48 x 72 inches

220163

Tuscan Fable

Tuscan Fable

Oil on Canvas

48 x 48 inches

220162

Napa Junction | SOLD

Napa Junction | SOLD

Oil on Canvas

36 x 36 inches

220161

Education

1990      Studio Art, University of California, Davis.

Studied with Roy de Forest, David Hollowell,

Roland Petersen, and Wayne Thiebaud.


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2022      Landscapes of Tuscany and Rural California, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

2021      Dutch and Italian scenes, Obsession of Art Gallery, in Bergen, Holland

              New Landscape Paintings, Blue Rain Gallery, Sant Fe, NM. 

              110th Gold Medal Exhibition, California Art Club

Hilbert Museum of California Art, Chapman University, Orange, CA

                Landscapes of Tuscany and Rural California, SmithKlein Gallery, Boulder, CO

                 Shape & Structure, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco

2019       California & Tuscany - Abstracted Landscapes, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena

2018       Geometry of Chance, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco

                 New Landscapes, Elliott Fotus Gallery, Sacramento, CA.

                 New Landscapes, Sorelle Gallery, New Canaan, CT.

2017       Landscapes of Tuscany and Rural California, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

2016       Rural Abstractions, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco

2015       Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

                 Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.

2014       Aerial Abstractions, Campton Gallery, New York, NY.

                 Southwest Landscape, Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.

2013       The Calligraphy of Water: Landscapes of Rural California,  Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

                   Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.

                   The Cultivated Landscape: A Tuscan Travelogue, Knowlton  Gallery, Lodi, CA.

                   Geometry of Gravity: California Landscapes & Still Lifes,  Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2012        California Landscapes, Caffe Museo, San Francisco Museum  of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA.

                   Picture Perfect, Christian Hohmann Gallery, Palm Desert, CA.

                   Hidden Symmetries, Knowlton Gallery, Lodi, CA.

2011        Mirada Fine Art Gallery, Denver, CO.

                   New New Mexico Landscapes and Grand Tour Figures, Blue  Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.

                   Geometry of Occupation, Knowlton Gallery, Lodi, CA.

2010        World Figures and California Landscapes, Christian Hohmann Gallery, Palm Desert, CA.

                   New Mexico Landscapes, Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.

                   8th Annual California Landscape, John Natsoulas Gallery,  Davis, CA.

2009        New Paintings, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA.

                   Paintings of the Delta, Senator Lois Wolk’s office, California  State Capitol, Sacramento, CA.

                   7th Annual California Landscape, John Natsoulas Gallery,  Davis, CA.

2008        Geometry of Occupation, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA.

                   6th Annual California Landscape, John Natsoulas Gallery,  Davis, CA.

2007        Annual Figuration, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA.

2006        Portraits of Artists, Art Historians and Patrons of the Arts, California Landscapes, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA.

Del Almeida’s landscape paintings reflect a skill and intelligence that allows them to stake out a territory unto themselves, despite the artist’s acknowledgment of sources such as Wayne Thiebaud and Roland Petersen, with whom he studied at Davis. Del’s paintings are neither traditionally nor predictably beautiful. They are quirky and “deceptive” in a positive manner. Realism, a term overused to describe paintings that imitate the subjects represented, is of course deceptive on the face of it. All art is inherently abstract, that is to say, not the actual thing but a depiction of it. Part of Del’s magic is the sophisticated way he pivots back and forth between representational art and abstraction. The viewer, especially the casual one, feels comfort in the familiar rural landscape imagery. No modernist trickery here. But then, a closer look reveals elements that betray a playful mind at work behind the keen observation. The artist confounds his audience, producing a reassuring superficial reality and then shaking it up by digging deeper.

Despite the thought and calculation that go into the construction of an Almeida composition, when the actual painting begins he intentionally shifts method. Determined not to think or control what is taking place, he awaits the emergence of the unplanned images. When they appear they just take over. “There’s a lot going on, which is completely happening on its own.” And then: “You know, this is a painting!”

Born in Brazil, Almeida has lived in California since the mid-1980s, earning his degree from the University of California, Davis. He has exhibited his work at galleries, museums, and art fairs including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts in Davis, and the Bennington Center for the Arts, Vermont.

Deladier Almeida
Biography

Press

Deladier Almeida

Del’s paintings are neither traditionally nor predictably beautiful. They are quirky and “deceptive” in a positive manner. Realism, a term overused to describe paintings that imitate the subjects represented, is of course deceptive on the face of it. All art is inherently abstract, that is to say, not the actual thing but a depiction of it. Part of Del’s magic is the sophisticated way he pivots back and forth between representational art and abstraction. The viewer, especially the casual one, feels comfort in the familiar rural landscape imagery.

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