As we bid 2022 farewell and welcome in the new year, our spirits are revitalized with the possibilities that a new year brings. Riverside Artswalk welcomed the new year with a significant change –the move and expansion of the beloved Artist Vendors Lot to the Main Street Pedestrian Mall. Artists on Main will now help to frame the downtown area during the event, connecting the many galleries and museums located near Main Street. The timing could not have worked out better. The Artist Spotlight for January, Deladeso, is currently on display around the corner from Artists on Main at Pain Sugar Gallery. During his 2-month exhibition, Deladeso has many workshops and events planned to bring in the community and share his talents.But who is Deladeso? Deladeso is the art persona created by Richie Velazquez. Based out of Riverside California, he has been developing his Digital Death and Grime art aesthetic since 2012. Deladeso refers to himself as a product of the internet and has utilized this influence in his artwork. Although he did not consider himself an artist or put his energy into pursuing a career in the field, his experiences led him down the path. Taking inspiration from some of the popular culture that he grew up with, slime culture in particular, Deladeso inadvertently became the originator of grime art. He began taking existing and trending images and recreating the image with the addition of a dripping slime texture.The style took off and launched a cult following of artists that began to create artwork in the Grime style. Although he has continued to create Grime artwork for such a long time, it is not his only style. His current exhibition showcases an installation including video creations, toys made of his artwork, paint, and found objects. Deladeso is inspired to create artwork when he comes up with an idea or finds something funny or interesting. To keep his ideas handy, he writes or sketches the rough idea in his journal. Sometimes his inspiration and ideas come out of nowhere and journaling helps him to catch it for immediate of future projects. He also looks at his artworks as an extension of the notes or ideas, and often finds that his artworks are never complete although they are sufficient to hang on a wall. As a full-time artist, creating artwork does it all for Deladeso. It helps him to know where his head is at, and his notes help him to schedule out all the office madness. He believes that most people think he just tosses stuff up (and sometime he does) but he mostly conceptualizes. He feels that it is always a brain battle to come up stickers but sometimes the stickers remind him that “STUFF ES NOT THAT DEEP...” Completing artworks and hitting deadlines, however, is a very satisfying feeling for him. Deladeso has been participating in the Riverside arts community unofficially for about a decade by way of helping friends, volunteering for events and by donating time and artwork for fliers. The first event that he participated in locally was the annual Saturation Art & Music Festival in which he curated local films for a mini film fest as part of the event.