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“Opening Reception for Acclaimed Brazilian Portrait Painter Deladier Almeida”

January 7, 2006

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Deladier AlmeidaDharma Studio Contemporary Art
3170 Commodore Plaza

music by renowned guitarist Claudio Spiewak, winner of the
“Brazilian International Press Award” as Musician of the Year Caipirinhas by Beleza Pura® Super Premium Cacha├ža

Exhibition:January 7th thru February 4th 2006

Deladier Almeida is a Brazilian painter currently residing in California.

Throughout his teenage years growing up in Brazil, he says he took refuge in his art, it was a constant friend, a redemption of his identity through trying times. At the age of nineteen he went to work at an ad agency, but it was his gift as an editorial illustrator that for five years brought his work to the public eye and from 1983 to 1985 he worked exclusively for the daily “O Estado de Sao Paulo”, producing an extensive series of portraits of important political leaders and heads of state. During this time he enrolled at Unisanta University to study Industrial Design, then to Catholic University of Santos to study Architecture and Urban Planning. Neither were the direction that his soul dictated, but it was during this time that he met and fell in love with a young American student studying International Relations. They married, and soon moved to the US, to his wife`s home state of California, where he was afforded the opportunity to further his art studies at the University of California. In 1990 he earned his B.A. in Art Studio, studying with acclaimed artists, the likes of Wayne Thiebaud, Sidney Goodman and Roland Petersen.

Deladier has traveled extensively to the major museums of Europe for his personal investigation of the works of the old masters; Rembrandt, Franz Hals, Rubens, VanDyck to name a few. He has won numerous awards and now has an active practice as a painter of portrait commissions. Deladier is currently working on a series of portraits of Famous American Artists such as Judy Chicago, George Herms, and Gregory Kondos for the “Twentieth Anniversary Exhibition” at the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts, to be held December of 2006. Deladier Almeida has been honored by a request for his most recent commissioned work, a portrait of Pele to be hung at the entrance to the Pele Musuem in Santos, Brazil.

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