Mark Delmont is a first generation Jamaican Haitian artist based in Carol City, Miami. With more than a decade of experience in mechanical contracting, he is a self-taught artist working with textiles to create dramatic portraiture of black iconography (inspired by the work of Ernie Barnes, Octavia Butler, Jacob Lawrence, and Haitian folk artists among others). Drawing from his skills with needle-work, graphic design, and painting, he creates “fiber sculptures” composed of chicken wire, steel, fiber, and wood. Through these portraits, Delmont seeks to provide safe spaces to abstractly represent black and brown people in the realm of art and shine light on the lives of less glorified identities.

Image: Mark Delmont, Giants of the field, 2023. Environmental mixed media and acrylic on wood panel. 48 x 60 inches. Image courtesy of photographer Melody Timothee & N’namdi Gallery.