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Gabriel D'Elia x Smartish

Gabriel D’Elia, a self taught artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Born in Georgetown, D.C. with Argentine and Italian roots. The artwork is a mix of Pop, Abstract, and Graffiti with his own creation of cartoon-like figures that resemble the 60’s and 70’s. The creative process is all intuitive with no preliminary plan or penciling. The artwork consists of different mediums and done on various objects other than canvas. The artwork is created with oil pastel, acrylic, graffiti markers, inks and sometimes a combination of all of them within the same art piece.

Done on canvas, murals, clothing, wall clocks and other functional objects. As well as being able to translate the artwork to digital form. “I do my best in creating what can be considered universal art that everyone can be receptive to. That’s why I do a lot of wall clocks because time is a language we all speak. It’s something everyone in the world relates to no matter what gender, background, or race”. He refers to his creative process as subconscious or creating intuitively.

“When I live paint people always ask me what happens if you make a mistake or if I’m worried about messing up? As an artist I’ve learned to let go of perfection and no longer view mistakes as failures but as learning experiences. Giving me the opportunity to change that awkward mark into something unique that can please without interest. “After a few years working in restaurants and in the construction field, I realized I needed to pursue my passion as an artist. “I didn’t want to look back 10 years later and question what if I would’ve taken that risk on myself. So I quit my job in construction and became a part time dog walker to create more time in building my art career. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Brings me joy to be able to say I am a full time artist”.