Soup's Up! Last but certainly not least, we bring you Francisco Delgado!
(image courtesy of the artist-all rights reserved) The Caldo Collective is proud to bring you the final of four artists who will be presenting at TODAY's feast! Francisco Delgado (b. 1974) was born in Cuidad Juárez and grew up in El Paso’s Segundo Barrio. He comes to the table with a BFA in Painting from the University of Texas at El Paso and an MFA from the Yale School of Art. Delgado’s “Bordeño” artworks are informed by the social and cultural struggles inherent in life on the Mexican and United States Border. Delgado explores conflicts in which the artwork questions problems of racism, identity struggles, Mexican and United States traditions, and U.S. government’s policies affecting immigrants. He often uses dark humor and satire to depict his narratives. His work has been exhibited throughout the U.S, in Colombia, Slovakia, Argentina, and Mexico. Enjoy and lace those shoes up... it's almost time to head over the Frijol Feasts! You'll have a chance to meet Francisco there! Caldo Collective: What is your background as an artist? What drives you? Francisco Delgado: I’m a visual artist that mainly focuses on social issues in my artistic practice. My Border Community fuels my artistic expression. For example, events that directly affect our way of life, culture and past personal experiences inform my images. CC: Each artist who is presenting their ideas at this feast comes to the table with ideas that have very measurable impact on the community at ground level. What do you find most inspiring about this city/this community? FD: I find people in our community to be most inspiring. I love hearing their life stories, narratives, successes and even their struggles. CC: Is there potential for artists to grow and be challenged here? How and in what way? FD: Artists are being challenged and growing in our community everyday. Often, we unfairly compare ourselves with bigger cities and the Art World. El Paso is its own unique place. We just need to bring all the factions of El Paso Artists, that are challenging themselves, together and begin moving in the same direction. CC: What support have you received for your work in El Paso? What support would you like to have access to as an artist? FD: El Paso has been extremely supportive of my artwork. I believe the true El Paso Community has backed me up because they know I have always represented the city in a very positive manner. I would like to have outsiders to El Paso understand the dynamics of El Paso and help move the local art scene forward. CC: How would you compare the climate for artists in El Paso with that of other cities? What makes El Paso's art community unique? How can it be strengthened? FD: I try not to compare the El Paso art climate to other cities because we are unique. We are as unique as our city and culture. CC: What is the role of art in a community? In society? FD: Art influences all aspects of life. I believe art is a tool that must be used for positive social change. It is an instrument that triggers conversation between people and empowers communities. CC: How could artistic practices address the cultural identity and needs of this community? FD: If an art process is genuine the cultural identity is always rooted in it and the process is a natural element in the function of that society. CC: How does/could your artistic practice engage the community? Why is that engagement important? FD: In my artistic practice our community is always part of the process and part of the end product. It is vital that the community takes ownership of its artists and their product. CC: As an artist, how best can a community to support its artists? FD: In my opinion, an excellent Arts Community provides moral support, financial support and allows its artists to create in spaces within that community.