Haitian-French painter Delphine Desane first picked up the brush after the birth of her first son, as a way to connect with herself while on leave from her career as a high-end fashion stylist (She worked with the likes of Jacquemus, Miu Miu, and Prada.) Since then, her minimalistic, emotive portraits of Black women—typically depicted against a flat or blended color background—have garnered international attention, and Delphine’s work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, London, Stockholm, and beyond. In 2020, Delphine was one of seven artists invited to paint a cover and fashion editorial for the January 2020 issue of Vogue Italia.
“Some of my works are inspired by a photograph, a sculpture, a memory, a feeling, my imagination or a combination of those. Some are inspired by my personal experience as a black woman and a mother.”