Francisco Delgado, a fronterizo artist, was born in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, in 1974. Throughout his life, he has resided in both El Paso and Ciudad Juarez. Delgado’s artworks reflect the United States and Mexican border life and speak to the working class of the barrios. His visual language often uses iconic figures like El Chapulin Colorado, George W. Bush, Tin Tan, Lady Liberty, and Luchadores, among many others, to convey his political narrative. Even though his body of work is political and his message is direct, it is delivered with the dark sarcasm and humor that is often found in Mexican, Chicano, and Fronterizo cultures.
He attended the University of Texas at El Paso, where he received several honorary awards and a BFA. He received his MFA from the Yale School of Art. His paintings have been on book covers, in national art exhibits, private collections, and community institutions. Delgado’s first picture book was Si, Se Puede! / Yes, We Can! He illustrated the English translation of Luis Humberto Crosthwaite’s Out of Their Minds. His second picture book, Juanito Counts to Ten, was his first collaboration with Cinco Puntos Press publisher Lee Merrill Byrd. Their second collaboration is Birdie’s Beauty Parlor. Francisco and his wife, Barbara, have three children, Pedro, Citlali, and Itzel.