San Francisco, CA- Caldwell Snyder Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of recent paintings by
Deladier Almeida. Artist Reception and Book Signing for newly published book on Thursday, November
3rd. The book has a collection of over 50 paintings from recent years. Almeida’s aerial landscapes, recent
examples of which are in the present exhibition at Caldwell-Snyder Gallery, were presaged by that first
high-altitude view that stimulated a remarkable visual imagination. Retrospectively, that moment was the
beginning awareness of not just what he wanted in the look of his future paintings but, more important, how
his own evolving thinking about “seeing” would define the content.
Deladier Almeida’s landscape paintings reflect a skill and intelligence that allows them to stake out a
territory unto themselves, despite the artist’s acknowledgment of sources such as Wayne Thiebaud and
Roland Petersen, with whom he studied at Davis. Del’s paintings are neither traditionally nor predictably
beautiful. They are quirky and “deceptive” in a positive manner. Realism, a term overused to describe
paintings that imitate the subjects represented, is of course deceptive on the face of it. All art is inherently
abstract, that is to say, not the actual thing but a depiction of it. Part of Del’s magic is the sophisticated way
he pivots back and forth between representational art and abstraction. The viewer, especially the casual one,
feels comfort in the familiar rural landscape imagery. No modernist trickery here. But then, a closer look
reveals elements that betray a playful mind at work behind the keen observation. The artist confounds his
audience, producing a reassuring superficial reality and then shaking it up by digging deeper.
Born in Brazil, Almeida has lived in California since the mid-1980s, earning his degree from the University
of California, Davis. He has exhibited his work at galleries, museums, and art fairs including the San
Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts in Davis, and the Bennington
Center for the Arts, Vermont.