Painter Deladier Almeida is renowned for his gestural, expansive aerial landscapes. A master of composition, beautifully rural ‘everyday’ trees, hills and roads of Tuscany and California transform into mesmerizing passages of color and shape. His study at the University of California, Davis, alongside acclaimed Bay Area artists Wayne Thiebaud and Ronald Petersen, continues to inform his painting methods. Almeida’s work marries the restrained quality of Theibaud’s sleek style with Petersen’s more expressive brushwork, while also evoking other Bay Area greats: David Park, Elmer Bischoff, and Richard Diebenkorn. Select exhibitions include the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Caldwell Snyder gallery in San Francisco, the Campton gallery in New York City, the Bennington Center for the Arts in Vermont, and the Albemarle Gallery in London.
“Out of the fluid life of these fields, constantly evolving to serve the agricultural needs of many, a visual pattern of recurring elements emerges. Fields of crops and their edges of separation; the arteries that feed these crops and carry away their product; the shapes of water; the shadows of trees. It has been my challenge and delight to read and reflect in paint, arrangements of these recurring elements, recombining them in formal compositions as a writer recombines the building blocks of a common language. The resulting narrative on canvas is a departure and an extrapolation of the landscape which, in simplifying it, dignifies it and reveals its essence.