About

Short Bio

Marisa DeLuca (She/Her/Hers) is an Italian American visual artist from Oceanside, California. Her work has been exhibited at the Adam Kamil Gallery and the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library in La Jolla, California and the Ashton Gallery in San Diego, California. She is Cofounder of the nonprofit Artists in Solidarity and is a University of California, San Diego Alumni (BA Visual Arts-Studio, 2021).

Statement

Life is a string of subtle visual metaphors. As allegories emerge, I am moved to translate them in my work. These allegories develop into a rich visual narrative that sheds light on my memories. My work uses psychological light and shadow to add emotional inference to the commonplace. By exploring the poetic visual language of my mind, I search out a deeper understanding of the relationship between reality, illusion, and intuition.
 
Painting from life or from my own source photography gives me the satisfying challenge of trying to recreate my reality. I am drawn to a scene or image by its aesthetic and emotional implications. The process of the painting unfolding is what keeps me hooked: careful looking, color matching, subtle adjustments in light or composition. Creating problems and solving them, my artistic choices become automatic. I get the work started and let it tell me how it wants to proceed. I try to keep myself out of the way, assisting in the creation of the work like a midwife.
 
I am most interested in capturing the everyday in my paintings. Elevating the simple and melancholy of the mundane as something worthy of meditation has become a cornerstone in my work. I find beauty in the idea of impermanence and a mourning of the failability of memory. Color plays a role in my work as a conduit of emotion. At times it’s the lack of color or subtleness of hue. My work deals with subtle emotions that often cannot be put into words.
 
I feel a sense of responsibility for advocacy in using my gifts as a voice for marginalized groups. This vision includes my nonprofit service work operating an arts organization that raises funds for migrant families: Artists in Solidarity. My experiences as a low income single mother and the generational trauma of my Italian American heritage move me to represent life as it is, aligning with the lineage of American Social Realism. Examining the impermanence of life, the beauty of imperfection, and the humanistic quality of life’s evidence are functions of my work. I use ideological art history reference to inform my contemporary practice. Shining a light on inequity, exposing the truth about living standards, and documenting a moment in time are common themes throughout the trajectory of Social Realism.

I want my audience to find a point of recognition. I speak to myself in my work - therefore speaking to those who are like me - but I also speak to those who are not like me, that they might understand.


 

Resume / CV

Marisa DeLuca (b. 1984)

Education

2021
Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA

Exhibitions and Publications

2021
In Bloom, 3rd Eye Gallery, Sacramento, CA
Shades of Red, Backfence Society, Vista, CA
SDMA Artist’s Guild Juried Summer Exhibition, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA
Since We Last Spoke, 3rd Eye Gallery, Sacramento, CA
UCSD Studio Honors Annual Exhibition, Adam D. Kamil Gallery, La Jolla, CA
Or No Side, Adam D. Kamil Gallery, La Jolla, CA
34th Annual UCSD Undergraduate Research Conference, Presenter, La Jolla, CA
#Obsessed, Ashton Gallery @ Art on 30th, San Diego, CA
Outside:Inside Radio, Season 2/Episode 1, Featured Artist, Podcast, Online
Okay Cool Magazine, Featured Artist, Issue No. 4
Share Screen, Adam D. Kamil Gallery, La Jolla, CA
2020
Artists in Solidarity, Charity Auction, Online: betterworld.org
29th Annual Juried Exhibition, Athenaeum Music and Arts Library, La Jolla, CA
Picture Partay, Charity Auction, Online: picturepartay.org
Artists for Black Lives, Charity Auction, Online: betterworld.org
Womxn of the World, UC San Diego Women’s Center, La Jolla, CA
Untitled 106A, Selected Artists, Self-published, 2020.
2019
Persona Unknown, Adam D. Kamil Gallery, La Jolla, CA

Experience

2021
Peer Review Panelist, California Arts Council, Sacramento, CA
Studio Assistant/Watercolorist for Artist Danielle Dean, La Jolla, CA
Secretary and Organizer, Artists in Solidarity Nonprofit Organization, Oceanside, CA
2020
Secretary and Founder, Artists in Solidarity Nonprofit Organization, Oceanside, CA
2019
Teaching Assistant to Professor Hwang “Bo” Kim, Palomar College, San Marcos, CA
Volunteer Educator, ArtQuest, Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA
2018
Volunteer Educator, Literacy Through Art, Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA
Visitor Services Volunteer, Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA
Keynote Speaker, Student Success Ceremony, Palomar College, San Marcos, CA

Awards, Grants and Honors

2021
San Diego Museum of Art Juried Summer Exhibition, Fourth Place, San Diego, CA
UCSD Triton Research & Experiential Learning Scholars Spring Award, La Jolla, CA
UCSD Triton Research & Experiential Learning Scholars Winter Award, La Jolla, CA
UC San Diego Sixth College Provost’s Honors
UC San Diego Visual Arts Honors
2020
UCSD Triton Research & Experiential Learning Scholars Fall Award, La Jolla, CA
William H. Stout Scholarship, La Jolla, CA
Doris Hendren Memorial Scholarship, San Diego, CA
UC San Diego Sixth College Provost’s Honors
2019
Route 78 Rotary Club Scholarship, San Marcos, CA
Palomar College Dean’s List
2018
Hal and Carol Needham Scholarship, San Marcos, CA
Palomar College Foundation Scholarship, San Marcos, CA
Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Club Scholarship, San Marcos, CA
Palomar College Dean’s List