Lenin Delsol creates realistic figurative and portrait paintings in oils, watercolours and most recently pastels. He paints from life with an emphasis on drawing, colour, and composition. Praised for his draughtsmanship and color sense, he strives to capture the features of his subjects as well convey their personality and mood. As a devoted storyteller, the artist uses his imagination and ability to draw from memory to transform the scene before him.
Delsol resides in Oak Park and paints at his fine art studio located in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood. The artist, born and raised in England, moved to Chicago, Illinois with his family in 1978. Delsol’s enthusiasm and innate talent for drawing led him to enroll at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. After graduation, he worked as a comic book artist and illustrator. Soon after founded his own commercial art studio.
Committed to continuing his art education, Delsol has studied with Steven Assael, David Leffel, Sherrie McGraw Burton Silverman, Mary Whyte and Bo Zhang. A longtime artist member of the Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts where he teaches, is a board member and participates in as well as monitors various open studios. Eager to help other artists grow, upon request, the artist gives critiques and advice.
Delsol is a member of the Oil Painters of America (OPA) and the Portrait Society of America. His work has been accepted in the OPA’s national and regional juried art exhibitions. He received an Award of Excellence for Over the Shoulder in the National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society’s online international juried exhibition.
Museum of Science & Industry Black Creativity Show, 2021
National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society (NOAPS), Online International, Fall 2020
Museum of Science & Industry Black Creativity Show, 2020
Richeson75 International Figure / Portrait, 2019
Museum of Science & Industry Black Creativity Show, 2019
Portrait Society of America Members Only Competition, 2018
Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, 2017
Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition, 2015
National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society Online International, Fall 2015
Black Heritage Through Visual Rhythms, National Afro-American Museum and Culture Center, Wilberforce, Ohio, 2014
Palette & Chisel Gold Medal Show, 2019, Gold Medal
Museum of Science & Industry Black Creativity Show, 2019, Second Place
Portrait Society of America Members Only Competition, 2018, Outside the Box Finalist
Palette & Chisel Gold Medal Show, 2018, Bronze Medal
National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society Online International, Fall 2015, Award of Excellence
Chicago Artists Interpret American Literature Show, Mary-Frances and Bill Veeck Gallery, Catholic Theological Union Academic and Conference Center, Chicago, Illinois, 2017