|JOAN BELMAR (Chilean-American) (b. 1970, Santiago, Chile) left Chile for Spain at the age of 24, where he began painting professionally under the name Joan, the Catalan name for John. He came to Washington, DC four years later in 1999, and was granted permanent residency in
the US based on extraordinary artistic merit in 2003 and became a citizen in 2010. His series of 3-D works, and his series of paintings, Territories and CHORDS,have been acclaimed by artists, critics and curators.
His unique 3-D paintings are created by using strips of Mylar and/or paper to build up a space inside the painting. The sheer quality of these translucent materials captures and reflect light and encourages an up close viewing of the work to reveal the different layers within.
Belmar's works are reference of imaginary maps and geographical locations where color plays an important role.