About Me

Lilian Delgado was born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil and discovered her artistic talents and interest at a very early age. At the age of 12 she was featured in Brazilian newspapers and the local news of her hometown. She had her first international show in a five-star hotel in Salvador, Brazil at the age of 13.

Lilian’s mother was instrumental in developing Lilian’s artistic desires. While traveling and living throughout South America, she recalls many Sunday afternoon strolls around the Mira Flores Park in Lima, Peru where her mother often took her to view local artist exhibits. Her mother encouraged her to paint and draw by enrolling her in private classes. After moving to the United States, Lilian’s family continued to foster her talent by enrolling her in local art competitions and art shows.As a young artist, Lilian won many awards and scholarships towards her art education. 

She pursued a Graphic Design degree for several years at Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma. She studied with influential professors  and went on to study at the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota. She eventually obtained a Masters in Business from the University of South Florida. After many successful years in the corporate world and accounting, Lilian made the decision to pursue her heart's passion as a full time career. Today she travels all over the nation and internationally sharing that passion with her audience.  You can find Lilian and her work in many well known art festivals throughout the US.  See her schedule on her "Up Coming Shows" page.

My Technique and Style

My work is a reflection of my childhood memories and life long experiences. My favorite way to illustrate these memories is through a technique called impasto. I apply heavy oil paints in an unabashedly thick manner with palette knifes and trouls to a canvas. The brush and palette knife marks give each piece its own characteristic and uniqueness. No two pieces are ever the same.

I carefully choose just the right combination of colors to capture whatever I’m feeling at that time. My viewers consistently tell me how my paintings make them happy. I truly believe that is an emotion drawn by my choice of colors and subject matters and by my passion for the beauty in life. I love flowers, trees and tropical themes and these are the some of the images that you will most often see if you stop in one of my exhibits.

People often ask me how long it takes to paint a piece. My standard answer is that it can take days, weeks, and even months to create the image in my mind and then to ultimately transfer it on to a canvas where others can see it. It is also difficult to define a beginning and ending time for any of my pieces because creating art doesn’t have a schedule.

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