“Like a moth harvesting light or Angels who create us from mud and wine, the souls inquiry is seeking the beloved through the experience of life. ”— Rumi
We all have a voice that wants to ascend to a place where it can be heard... The desire for ascension in what I create to be seen by the world. Ascending your voice activates something unique and profound in the viewer.
As a Transformational Photographer, Azul DelGrasso is a teacher at bringing forth the multidimensionality of a person! With the assistance of a camera and his soul understanding, he explores with the participant all of themselves that have been waiting to be fully revealed. His passion and sensitivity ultimately open the one in front of him into their magnificent person to be acknowledged through self-reflection in the form of a photograph, allowing their voice to ascend. Clients say the gifts that come from the photo shoot itself are equally as valuable as the beautiful and diverse images they receive. His mission is to use the art of photography and transpersonal ecopsychology to awaken the beloved within.
Azul’s work captures the duality of the human race: saint and deviant, using sexuality, culture and street influence. His work reflects the mixture of traditional and conservative values with modern identities.
Azul’s artistic journey began as a teen with graffiti and tagging in the barrios (mean streets) of Denver and New York City. These early days in the streets taught and inspired him, but left him questioning cultural roots and their influence on the individual, society and the impact they would have on his art. He packed his bags and embarked on a long journey to explore his roots. He first found his way to Guadalajara, Mexico, where he studied with well-known Mexican painter Alberto Ortiz in Jocotepec, Jalisco. Alberto taught Azul the value of observing the indigenous roots of Mexico while allowing the art to invite the community to take part in the process of creation. It was also the influences of local Denver mentors, poets and icons such as Ramon DelCastillo, Carlos Fresquez, Corky Gonzalez and others who further inspired Azul to embrace this approach. These experiences enabled him to develop artwork inspired by introspection.
His intimate journey of self-expression continued with experimentation of digital art and the creation of what he coined as Chicano Digitalism: the pure expression of any artistic emotion created and transformed by modern technology utilizing drawing, photography, film, music, three-dimensional imagery, sculpture, web design, poetry, and performance art, mainly addressing Mexican Americans today. Through this medium, Azul sought to better capture icons such as Che Guevara, Frida Kahlo, Pancho Villa and Emilio Zapata in a new light, but simultaneously allowing greater