Artists of the Gallery Art: Ciro Beltrán
Born in 1967 in Santiago, Chile. Studied at Instituto de Arte Contemporaneo, Escuela de Arte de la Universidad de Chile in Santiago and Academy of Fine Arts in Duesseldorf. Graduated in 2001 under tutorage of Prof Konrad Klapheck. Director of Academy of Fine Arts Universidad Austral de Chile 2005-2007.
Abstraction is a huge unknown mystery – Ciro Beltrán says that a painting has an “internal life” and he, like a mystic, looks for the “visible form of the hidden inside, cleverly guessed with a means of a stroke, colour and texture”. In the globalization era there aren’t any divisions or borderlines in art: primeval, eternal, premonition-like things Ciro processes with cold rationalism – the forms on his canvases remind one of the entire imagery of organic shapes; colour is symbolic and the poetics of the pre-Columbian art combines quite naturally with the conceptualism and matter painting.