Michel Delacroix is truly a French original: an acclaimed master of the naïf tradition and one of the most popular artists in the world today. A self-styled "painter of dreams and of the poetic past," Delacroix has devoted five decades to painting art, prints and posters of a city he calls "the Paris of then," the magical place where he was born, where he spent his boyhood, and where he continues to live to this date.
Yet the Paris Delacroix paints in his art, prints and posters, is not the urban metropolis of the present. It is the dream-like place the city became in the 1940's, during the Occupation, when "we suddenly jumped fifty years into the past. No more cars in the streets, very few lights. Paris suddenly became very quiet, very dark, and though people were afraid, there was a brotherhood and spirit that was very delightful." For Delacroix, who was then a child of seven and spared by his age from understanding "the cruelties and absurdities" of war, it was "the one great adventure of my life."
In the U.S. alone, Delacroix's art, prints and posters have been featured in over 300 solo exhibitions from New York, Boston and Washington, to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. Abroad, his work has been exhibited throughout Europe and Japan, and forms part of the permanent collections of the Musée International d'art Naïf and the Foundation Max Fourny in Paris - and of private collections around the globe.