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Name: Anahi Delgadillo
UTMB Talent: Research associate at UTMB's Sealy Center on Aging
Hidden Talent: An artist who breathes life into her characters
As a child, Anahi Delgadillo loved cartoons, but she longed to tell her own stories. So, she started drawing her own characters to do just that.
Her love for art grew over the years, and by high school, she was taking multiple art classes and reading countless books on the topic. Her creations have evolved from renderings of her favorite characters to more complex projects, including a self-portrait.
“I’m trying to see myself in a more positive way and display my heritage and pride,” says Delgadillo, discussing the self-portrait.
Inspired by artists such as Vincent Van Gogh and Frida Kahlo, Delgadillo says she strives to make things less ordinary.
“I love the bridge between ordinary and extraordinary, realism and fantasy,” she says.
A researcher with the Sealy Center for Aging who spends a good portion of her time in the lab, Delgadillo sees a natural connection between her professional work and artistic endeavors.
“Drawing and storytelling are very helpful in a research setting,” says Delgadillo. “They both require attention to detail, making connections and being able to change perspective on a subject to reveal new information. Plus, drawing and pipetting both require steady hands!”
As Delgadillo thinks of the future, she hopes to tie more of her scientific endeavors into her artwork and stories.