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Omequiztli was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles. After earning her bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Spanish at UC Santa Barbara, Delgado returned to South Central to give back to her community.
Delgado has been exhibited in group exhibitions, including Avenue 50 Studio (2020), The Muckenthaler Cultural Center (2020), Artfully Spaced Gallery (2019), and El Centro Cultural Cinematográfico México del Consulado de México (2019). She presented her first solo exhibition on February 2020 at the Jean Deleage Gallery at Casa 0101. Delgado has received her teaching credentials from Cal State University, Long Beach and teaches in her community.
I believe art can send a powerful message with a touch of ink. Behind every piece of my artwork is a personal, cultural and sometimes historical narrative.
Growing up in my community, I did not learn about my own sources of cultural capital. It intrigued me to explore my own cultural background and identity. I was privileged enough to learn more about my cultural history from educators in my community, high school, and college. All the knowledge that I learned from academic scholars, authors, musicians, and artists have inspired most of my work.
I like to look back at artists who have inspired me to be the artist that I am today. My inspiration has come from many Black artists and artists of color such as Elizabeth Catlett, José Guadalupe Posada and Artemio Rodriguez. Most of my work has also been influenced by storytelling, activism and music. Every time I create a new print, I always think back to what Nina Simone once said, “An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times…I choose to reflect the times and situations in which I find myself.” I believe it is my duty to not only visually reflect my stories but to also examine and reflect the current situations that affect predominantly Blacks, Indigenous and people of color.
As a MeXicana artist, I like to critically think about the content and mediums that I use in my artwork. As I became knowledgeable about printmaking, I learned of the importance of this medium during Posada’s time among other Black and Brown printmakers. I believe printmaking is revolutionary and an act of resistance because a print not only becomes accessible to the people, but it also demonstrates the human labor.
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