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Louis Delsarte

(1944–2020)
Known for his bold strokes and vivid colors, Louis Delsarte was recognized in the arts community for his “illusionist” style. Growing up amidst musicians and artists in New York, Delsarte explored Black culture in his drawings and art, even sketching passengers on the train as a child.
Delsarte’s work has been exhibited across the country, and was included in a traveling exhibition entitled, When the Spirit Moves: African American Dance in History and Art sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution. Delsarte gained acclaim for his large public murals, with two commissioned by the city of New York, and one featuring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Atlanta. In 2005 the USPS issued a stamp featuring a Delsarte painting, further enhancing his national profile. Dr. Samella Lewis, Professor Emerita at Scripps College, included Delsarte in her publication, African American Art & Artists.
Delsarte’s work is notable for its strong coloring and thick layers, creating a chaotic look in many of his pieces. In his spare time, Delsarte volunteered in his community, giving dental care to impoverished families. He was also an advocate of social change and is remembered as incredibly kind and benevolent.
-Amelie Lee SC ’23, Wilson Arts Administration Intern 2020


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