Denise Deleray

denisedeleray@mac.com

Professional info
 

I started my career as a make-up artist and wigmaker at the San Francisco Opera, working on elaborate, colorful productions like Aida and Turandot.

My travels took me to Sydney Australia, where I studied art and portrait painting by day at the University of New South Wales, and worked at the world-famous Sydney Opera House by night.

In 2003, I moved to New York City and studied at the Art Students League on West 57th Street. Mesmerized by the beautiful ethnic diversity of New York City, I created a series of 12 portraits of women entitled "We are One", representing the city's diverse population. Soon, I abstracted out just the skin tones and the figurative art disappeared. I studied immigration and places of ethnic diversity, which led to creating geographical maps of places with highly diverse populations, such as New York City, California and the USA, with dots and dashes representing skin tones and drips of color representing streams of migration.

Imagine no geographical borders... Is it even possible? 

How would that shape our immigration debates?

Work experience
 
2010 - present
2010 - present
Education
 

Freelance Artist

2005 - present

Museum of Modern Art, New York ~ Information Desk

November 2005-present

Chashama, Inc. Artist Residency

Brooklyn, NY

2012-2014

Opera Australia, Sydney ~ Make-up Artist 

2001-2003

Sydney 2000 Summer Olympics ~ Costume Construction

2000

San Francisco Opera ~ Make-up Artist, Wigmaker

1984-1991

University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia ~  MA degree

California State University, Hayward ~ BA degree

Art Students League, New York City

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