Interview With Edward Del Rosario

I found Edward Del Rosario’s work in an old art magazine a little while back and subsequently fell in love with his work. During our interview we talked about his post post-colonial style, some of his favorite artists and his goals for the future.

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Edward Del Rosario is from St. Louis, Missouri and now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He received his BFA in Painting from the University of Kansas and his MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design. His work often explores themes relating to the struggle of the modern world.

How do you come up with the components in your work?

It’s an organic process. I usually start sketching out a few figures and arranging them in a space.
Once they are in a space, I start creating new figures or objects to create a relationship with the existing components.

I do a lot of editing and rearranging of the composition. It is sort of similar to writing a story, except that I don’t know how the story ends or begins. It’s as if I insert myself in the middle of some narrative.

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How do you draw from your own experiences in your art?

I grew up as an Asian American in the midwest, at a time when there was a very limited minority presence. Both my parents were from multi-cultural families. A lot of my experience was about assimilating between these disparate cultures. And about making sense of the differences. My work could be described as a type of re-enactment of these experiences. How conflicting ideas and cultures interact, merge, and re-define themselves.

I often describe my experience as post post-colonial. My work could be described the same way.

When did you know that painting is what you want to do with your life?

It wasn’t really until graduate school that I was certain that I wanted to make things. The medium didn’t matter so much as long as I was creating something under the “art” umbrella.
Painting has just been the medium that I’ve stuck with the longest but I’ve also been interested in animation, video, writing, and other forms of “creating.”

I would describe myself as a visual artist who happens to paint a lot.

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Who are some of your favorite artists?

I’m a big fan on 19th century French academic painters; Bouguereau and Gerome. And also the Bay Area figurative artists; Joan Mitchell, Raymond Pettibon, Shahzia Sikander. In general, I think I’m attracted to artists who have a crisp sense of color and line.

What plans do you have for your future work?

I’m currently working on some digital projects. I’m looking to transform some of my drawings and paintings into a type of perpetual animation.
I was imagining an installation of video screens where the characters and objects in my paintings are animated and interacting with each other, following some sort of rule based AI.
I’m working with some animators and programmers right now and we’ll see how it goes.

Edward’s work can be found at edwarddelrosario.com or on his instagram  @edelrosario_studio

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