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, language barriers, body language and the sense of touch. His sculptures explore how stories, folklore, and rituals can be silently communicated through inanimate objects, tools, and foreign environments. De Lara often works with wood, a material that always shows the passing of time on its skin. 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 from the University of Texas at Austin. He has been awarded the Ox-Bow School of Art Fellowship, a Chicago Artists Coalition HATCH Residency, the International Sculpture Center Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award, the Fine Arts Work Center Provincetown Fellowship, The NYFA Artist Grant, The Queens Council on the Arts New Work Grant, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) Art Center Residency at Governor’s Island, Haystack Mountain School of Craft: Open Studio Residency, Haystack Mountain School of Craft: BIPOC Fellowship, National Park Service Artist-in-Residence: OCARC Residency, Ox-Bow School of Art & Artists Residency: Conversation in Practice Program.