Delpe is an award-winning local artist, with a huge passion for his art. He most recently ranked # 1 from 737 artworks representing the USA in the final of Art Olympia International 2015 competition in Tokyo. He has studios in both SOWA and Whitman, but he calls Brockton home. Delpe brings his children to Fuller Craft Museum often. When we approached him about designing the festival stage, he agreed to do so with the vision of creating an interactive, sculpture that the entire audience could participate in creating, a sculpture that could also be seen from afar, reflecting the beauty and ingenuity that Brockton has to offer.
Born in Carrefour, Port-au-Prince, Haiti under the regime of Jean Claude Duvalier, Delpe is the youngest of five children and was raised by a strong and creative Haitian woman. He began exploring his passion for art at age ten, and as an adult started his first painting because an artist friend questioned him: “Why don’t you start your own painting? You are wasting your talent and your gift if you don’t.” It has been at least seventeen years since Duken Delpe completed his first painting and dreamed about becoming a self-made artist. Since then, Duken Delpe has painted his intrigues, dreams, fears, frustrations and happiness. His work consists of paintings, sculptures, collages, and installation art. Delpe works with symbols, geometric and organic patterns, found objects and words. He uses recyclables like a palette of discovered colors. Often sanding, weaving, shaping the metals into sculpted masterpieces. (you can see full bio here)