Art of VIBE: Dela, Live Art Painter With An Environmental Message

Dela, short for his last name De La Cruz, is an artist who paints with a message. Combining his love for black and white film, Hubble Space Telescope imagery, the environment and the female form, Dela’s canvas come to life with each stroke of the paintbrush.

VIBE caught up with the live art painter at Lightning in a Bottle music festival this past July. There during sets by Kastle, GRiZ, Eprom and more Dela put his brush to use creating the his latest project “The Light,” which was auctioned off for an undisclosed amount at the festival.

“Painting for me is just life,” says Dela. “It’s like water or a great meal or food…It’s my life source.”

To see more of Dela’s work or to purchase it head to his website,

Video edited by Blake Hawk