Raul De Lara (b. 1991, Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mex.) is a Mexican-born sculptor based in New York City. His sculptures explore how stories, folklore, and rituals can be silently communicated through inanimate objects, tools and environments. He often works with wood, a material that always shows the passing of time on its skin. De Lara immigrated from Mexico to the United States at the age of 12, and has been a DACA recipient since 2012. Growing up in Texas as a non-English speaker, feeling neither from here nor there, his work now reflects on ideas of nationality, body language, and identity politics. His aesthetics and materials are inspired by the shared backyard between the United States and Mexico.
De Lara received his MFA in Sculpture + Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin. His selected awards include the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Residency, Haystack Mountain School of Craft Open Studio Residency, the Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship, The National Park Services OCARC Residency, Ox-Bow School of Art Fellowship, a Chicago Artists Coalition HATCH Residency Queens New Arts Grant, New York City Arts Corps Grant, and the International Sculpture Center Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award. De Lara is represented by Ethan Cohen Gallery in New York City, and Reynolds Gallery in Richmond, Virginia.