Delphine Desane b. 1988


Delphine Desane is a painter and sculptor living and working in New York City. Born and raised in France to Haitian parents, she started painting during a maternity leave in 2017. Desane paints individuals of the African and Caribbean diaspora - mostly women, within familial contexts. Many of her portraits of women are drawn from her own experiences of motherhood, Black womanhood, and her experience as an immigrant in the United States. Desane's portraits are full of expression against vivid backgrounds, which exalt their inner state of mind.


Desane had her first solo-exhibition at Luce Gallery in Turin, Italy in 2021. The artist has participated in various group exhibitions, including Black Femme: Sovereign of WAP and the Virtual Realm, Canada Gallery, New York, (2021); Contemporary Domesticity, Taymour Grahne Gallery, London (2021); Black Voices/Black Microcosm, CFHILL, Stockholm (2020); A Peripheral Reverie, PENSKE projects, Los Angeles (2020); and a residency at the POCOAPOCO in Oaxaca (2020).


Desane first gained international recognition after she was commissioned to make a work for the cover of Vogue Italia's January 2020 issue. Her works have been acquired by the Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden (MACAAL), Marrakech, and multiple private collections across the United States and Europe.