In the vibrant heart of Miami Gardens, more precisely known as Carol City, where cultural diversity thrives, Mark Delmont stands as a dynamic multidisciplinary artist, blending his Jamaican and Haitian roots into a vivid tapestry of creativity.
From a tender age, Delmont sought solace in the world of music and cinema, where icons like Outkast, Curtis Mayfield, and Kendrick Lamar provided him with a sonic backdrop for his journey of self-discovery. Films like “Equilibrium,” “Boyz n the Hood,” and “Memento” served as portals into the exploration of identity, blackness, and masculinity. These artistic forms became his sanctuaries, freeing him from the confines of societal norms and inviting a celebration of unique individuality.
As Delmont’s artistic journey unfolded, he found himself influenced not only by the melodies and narratives of his heroes but also by the mechanical world. His father, a skilled contractor and fabricator, introduced him to a playground of hydraulics, tools, and machinery, instilling in him a curiosity for mechanics.
By the age of 25, Delmont had boldly embraced the realm of self-taught artistry. His creations, characterized by dramatic portraiture and expansive depictions of black iconography within their porous environments, reflect the fusion of construction and art. Paints, construction materials, and fabrics meticulously set on wooden frames bring his experiences, influences, and skills to life.
Delmont’s art is an ode to the power of the black experience, where common stories from the neighborhood sound like the new age renaissance. Houses become party masquerades, DJ speakers reflect the king’s orchestral symphony, football games distract like those inside the colosseum, and people cheer while we debate over domino tables. We’re here; we’ve been here.
- 2024 Resident