Deladier Almeida

Shape & Structure
February 2021
San Francisco

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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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

2020 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.

Awards
2005 Best of Show, Crocker-Kingsey Exhibition: California’s Biennial, The Crocker Art Museum, Sacremento, CA.
2003 1st Place, Society of Western Artists’, Manchester Center, Fresno, CA.
People’s Choice Award, 41st Annual Juried Art Show of the Fairfield Visual Arts Association, Fresno, CA.

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Selected Artworks

Education

1990 Studio Art, University of California, Davis. Studied with Roy de Forest, David Hollowell, Roland Petersen, and Wayne Thiebaud.



Selected Solo Exhibitions

2020 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.

Awards
2005 Best of Show, Crocker-Kingsey Exhibition: California’s Biennial, The Crocker Art Museum, Sacremento, CA.
2003 1st Place, Society of Western Artists’, Manchester Center, Fresno, CA.
People’s Choice Award, 41st Annual Juried Art Show of the Fairfield Visual Arts Association, Fresno, CA.

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.