Abdiel Beltrán (b.1996) is a first-generation Mexican-American painter living and working in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is currently completing his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at the University of New Mexico.

His work primarily consists of non-representational imagery and utilizes painting as a form to interrupt everyday life. His search to find an interruption is enhanced when he leaves the studio and paints in natural spaces. He recreates and re-screens layers of paint and often finds himself wanting to translate what it means and looks like to "let go". For example, painting non-figuratively en plein air allows him to experience a sense of liberation – typically manifested as gestures and letting the subtleties of the details matter. This process creates a dialogue between letting go while developing the tangible characteristics of painting through layers of marks, color and re-worked imagery. The results document a relationship between the restrictions that come from ordinary life and pushing boundaries as a form to find a sense of freedom within. He invites the viewer to not search for a narrative but to be curious instead.

 

education

The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque NM
Bachelors of Fine Arts in Studio Art 2017-2021

exhibitions

2019   Spur Line Supply Co., Redirected Landscapes, Albuquerque, NM

2018   John Sommers Gallery, Invitations/Intrusions of Wilderness, Albuquerque, NM

2016   Black Box Gallery, Focus: Black & White, Portland, OR

2016   516 ARTS, PhotoSummer Photography Workshop Exhibition, Albuquerque, NM

2015   Marion Center for Photographic Arts, Santa Fe, NM

2014   Thaw Art History Center,  Santa Fe, NM

2014   Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, Focus on Youth, Albuquerque, NM

2014   Albuquerque Hotel, A is for Art! Albuquerque, NM

2013   Open Space Gallery, Trees, Rocks, and Dirt, Albuquerque, NM

2013   Albuquerque Hotel, A is for Art!, Albuquerque, NM

press

2016   Black Box Gallery Catalog "Focus: Black & White"

2013   Westside Journal Newspaper "Art Pays Tribute to West Mesa"

awards

2014   First Place Award in Digital-Special Techniques at Albuquerque Museum,

       "Focus on Youth" Exhibit 

2014   Printmaking Merit Award from Lannie Alexander

2014   Pastel Merit Award from Pastel Society of NM  

2014   Drawing Merit Award from Sailor Fine Art and Instruction 

2014   First Place in Drawing at Volcano Vista Art Show 

2014   Painting Merit Award from Peggy Trigg

2014   Student Choice Award Ribbon in Painting at Metro Youth Art Exhibit 

2013   Drawing Merit Award from National League of American Pen Women 

2013   Printmaking Merit Award from Richard Levy Gallery

2013   "Best use of light" award at Open Space Gallery "Trees, Rocks & Dirt” Exhibit

2013   First Place at Open Space Gallery "Trees, Rocks & Dirt” Exhibit

2012   First Place in Drawing at Young in Art Exhibit

2013   First Place in Drawing at Metro Youth Art Exhibit 

2013   First Place in Drawing at Volcano Vista Art Exhibit 

2012   First Place in Painting at Young in Art Exhibit 

2011   First Place in Painting at Young in Art Exhibit