Delphine Desane

The Night Was Made for Rest and Sleep and It Was Not Made for Grief

40 x 30 cm / 15.7 x 11.8 in

Delphine Desane (b. 1988, Paris, France) is a painter and sculptor living and working in New York City. She started painting during a maternity leave in 2017, capturing individuals of the African and Caribbean diaspora - mostly women, within familial contexts. Many of her portraits of women are drawn from her own experiences of motherhood, Black womanhood, and her experience as an immigrant in the United States. Desane's portraits are full of expression against vivid backgrounds, which exalt their inner state of mind.

Desane had her first solo-exhibition at Luce Gallery in Turin, Italy in 2021. The artist has participated in various group exhibitions, including Black Femme: Sovereign of WAP and the Virtual Realm, Canada Gallery, New York, (2021); Contemporary Domesticity, Taymour Grahne Gallery, London (2021); Black Voices/Black Microcosm, CFHILL, Stockholm (2020); A Peripheral Reverie, PENSKE Projects, Los Angeles (2020); and a residency at the POCOAPOCO in Oaxaca (2020).