.joan belmar

Chilean born artist Joan Belmar came to Washington, D.C. in 1999, and was granted permanent residency in the U.S. based on extraordinary artistic merit in 2003, and became a citizen in 2010. He was a Mayor’s Award Finalist in 2007 as an outstanding emerging artist in Washington, D.C. The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities awarded him an artist fellowship grant in 2009, and in 2011, the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County gave him an Individual Artist Grant. The Maryland Arts Council awarded Belmar Individual Artist grants in Visual Arts: Painting, in 2010 and 2013. Additionally, He was one of eight finalists for the 2013 Bethesda Painting Awards. In 2016, he was recognized as, FIRST AWARD, for Original Artwork. Biennial of Drawing, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia.

Artist Resume



Fundacion DUOC. Pontificie Universidad Catolica.  Santiago, Chile
Graphic Design/ Technical Drawing. 1993

S e l e c t e d   S o l o    E x h I b I t I o n s

2018     University of Maine Museum of Art. Paintings. Maine. USA
2017     Osten Biennial of Drawing 2016. Awarded artist. Skopje. Macedonia 
2017     Addison Ripley Fine Art.Cambalache. Washington,DC
2017    American University Museum. Katzen. Washington, DC
2016    Joan Belmar. Original works. Skopje, Macedonia.
2014    Addison Ripley Fine Art.CHORDS. Washington,DC
2013   Hillyer Art Space. Trance-Lucid. Washington, DC  
2012   Charles Krause Reporting Fine Arts. Hidden Treasure. Washington,DC
            Capital One. "Time, Change, and Movement: The Art of Joan Belmar". McLean, VA
2011    Hillyer Art Space. ONCE  Washington, DC
2009    Chilean Embassy.  (Mini-Retrospective) Migrations. Washington, DC
2008    H&F Fine Art. Life’s Many Layers. Mt. Rainier, MD
2007    Nevin Kelly Gallery. Color Transparencies  Washington, DC
2002    George Mason University. Illegal Alien.  Fairfax, VA 
2001    Sae Gallery. Life.  Seoul, Korea
2000    Alex Gallery. Asylum.  Washington, DC

L E C T U R E S / A R T   T A L K S 

The World Bank. Bank Library and archives. Joan Belmar. Human Fragility. March 26, 2015
S e l e c t e d     G r o u p     E x h I b I t I o n s

2016   Curator’s Office. Geometrix: Line, Form, Subversion. Curated by Andrea Pollan. Washington, DC
           Joan Hisaoka. Smith Center. The night and the desert know me. Washington, DC
           CARBON 12 Art Project. Art residence. Jaipur/Delhi, India
           Adah Rose Gallery. Carte Blanche. Kensington. MD 
              American University Museum. Alper Initiative. The Looking Glass:Immigrant artists in DC. Washington, DC
           Washington Project for the Arts AUCTION GALA. Washington DC
          The Creative Alliance. Marquee Ball 2016. Curated by Amy Raehse. Baltimore
          University of Maine Museum of Art "What's the Big Idea?: Small Paintings from the Museum Collection" 
          Curated by George Kinghorn, Maine USA

2015  UNESCO."Espaces de lumière”. Paris, France. Illustrated color catalog available
          Vilnius Town Hall, "Espaces de lumière”. Vilnius, Lithuania
          Art Miami New York.  Adah Rose Gallery. NY, New York
          McLean Project for the Arts "Manifesting Phenomena: Drop, Hover, See-Through, Spin". Curated by Nancy Sausser
           American Univeristy Museum. Transformer. Locally Sourced. Washington, DC
           Brentwood Arts Exchange. 5th Anniversary Show. Cutated by Phil Davis.  Brentwood, MD
           Art Miami New York. Pier 94. Adah Rose Gallery. NY. New York.
           Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center. Personal Patterns. Curated by Claudia Rousseau.
           Illustrated color catalog available
           Context Miami 2015. Adah Rose Gallery. Miami, FL.

2014    School 33. Without Boundaries.Curated by Christine Pfister. Baltimore, MD 
          The Gabarron Foundation.Washington Color Abstraction. Curated by Donald Kuspit. NY
          Pentimenti Gallery. Paper Please! Philadelphia, PA 
          Art Market Hamptons. Pentimenti Gallery. NY
          Katzen Arts Center. Transformer Auction 2014. Washington, DC


2013   Washington Project for the Arts. Select 2013. DC
           Wichita Falls Museum of Art . “Le Temps de l’Eau” curated by Cohn Drennan. TX
           Dallas Art Fair 2013. Adah Rose Gallery. Dallas, TX
           Bethesda Painting Award 2013. Finalists Exhibition. Bethesda, MD
           Pulse NYC 2013. Adah Rose Gallery.  NY
           Addison Ripley Fine Art. Sigil. Curated by Carol Brown Goldberg. Washington DC
           Hillyer Art Space. Trance-Lucid  (solo) Washington, DC
           Adah Rose Gallery.  “MATHEMATICS, MAPS AND MYTHS” /Arauco Series. Kensington, MD
           Transformer Annual Auction 2013. Corcoran Gallery of Art. Washington DC

2012   The World Bank. About Change.  Curated by Marina Galvani. Washington, DC
           Washington Project for the Arts. 2012 Art Auction. Curated BY Cathleen Murnane Reis. DC
           Musee de Tapisseries, Le Temps De L’eau. Aix-en-Provence, France
           The Children’s Hospital. IN THE MIX: ABSTRACT ARTISTS. Curated by Jarvis Dubois. DC   
           Top of the World “Art on Top: A Sondheim Show” Baltimore, MD
            Stevenson University. First Impressions Curated by Diane DiSalvo Baltimore MD
            Corcoran Gallery of Art. Washington DC. Transformer Auction 2012. DC
            Hickok Cole.  Architects Art Night. Curated By Judy Sherman.  Washington, DC
            Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery. Portfolio. DC
            Cohn Drennan Contemporary. Le Temps De L’eau in America. Dallas, TX
            Hamiltonian Gallery. Call Collect 2012. Washington DC
            Fresh Paint. "ELEMENTal". Curated by: Paul Dahmen. Culver City. CA

2011   Transformer Auction 2011. Corcoran Gallery of Art. Washington DC
           Adah Rose Gallery. “A Glimpse and a Witness to Time” Kensington, MD
           39th Street Gallery. Gateway CDC. TRADE. Curated by Phil Davis. Brentwood
           The Art Gallery at the University of Maryland. Water. Take me to the River. MD
           Studio Gallery. The magic of the melting pot: Immigration in America. Washington, DC 

2010    Katzen  American University Museum. WPA CATALYST. Curated By Jim W Mahoney. Washington, DC
            Mexican Cultural Institute. Transformer’s 7th Annual Silent Auction.  Washington DC.
            Gateway Art Center. Cultural Crossroads: Voices of Latin America and the Caribbean. Brentwood MD
            Chilean Embassy. ”State of the Art: Chile in DC”. Curated by Matias Cuevas. Washington, DC  
            Hickok Cole.  Architects Art Night. Curated By Jessica Naresh.  Washington, DC 
            Neptune gallery. BELMAR- PETKE- RINGWALD. Bethesda. MD
2009     H&F FIne Art. Obama: Art & Politics.  Mt. Rainier, MD
             World Bank.WPA. Idylls (Curator Andrea Pollan). Washington, DC
             Times Square Building. United Creators Exhibition. NY
             WPA/Corcoran. Influence = Convergence. Minna N. Nathanson & Joan Belmar. Washington, DC

2008     Katzen. American University Museum, DCCAH Fellowship Grant Exhibition, Washington, DC
             United Creators.  The Story of Creation II. New York, Munich, Frankfort and Istanbul.
             Lana Santorelli Gallery.  Abstraction.  New York, NY
             Warehouse Gallery. Peace Now.  Washington, DC
             Honfleur Gallery.  Into the Light.  Washington, DC

2007     Mexican Cultural Institute. XVIII Ibero-American Art Salon. Washington, DC
             Nevin Kelly Gallery. Attainable Art. Washington, DC.
             Art Museum of the Americas, OAS.  RemArte.  Washington, DC
             Knew Gallery.  Friends of the Orphans.  Washington, DC
             WPA/Corcoran. Primed .Curated by Mary Early.  Washington, DC
             The Warehouse. No Representation.  Washington, DC
             Heineman Myers Contemporary Art.  COLORFIELD/remix Saturated.  Bethesda, MD

2006     The John Wilson Building.  Heart of DC, City Hall Permanent Art Collection.  Washington, DC
             Hickok Cole. Architects Art Night.  Washington, DC
             Exxon Mobile. Hispanic Heritage Month.  Fairfax, VA    
             Walter Wickiser Gallery.  Group Show.  New York, NY
             Anne C. Fisher Gallery. Mother.  Washington, DC

A W A R D S  A N D  C O L L E C T I O N S 

2016      FIRST AWARD for Original Artwork. Biennial of Drawing. Skopje.Republic of Macedonia 
2016      Permanent Collection of Microsoft
2016      University of Maine Museum of Art. Permanent Collection. Maine. USA
2015     Permanent Collection. Fidelity Investment Art Collection. Boston. USA
2014     Permanent Collection of the US Embassy in Manila, the Philippines
2013     Maryland State Art Council Award. Painting
2012     Stevenson University. Permanent collection
2011     Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC). Individual Artist Grant.
2010     Maryland State art Council Award. Painting
2009     Fellowship artist. DC Commissions on the Arts and Humanities. Washington, DC
2007     Finalist, Mayor’s Award, Outstanding Emerging Artist. DC Commission on the Arts and 
             Humanities.  Washington, DC
2006     The John Wilson Building.  Heart of DC, City Hall Permanent Art Collection. Washington, DC                                               
2004     Olympic Games Athens 2004. “Artiade.”  Athens, Greece.                          
2000     First Prize, Collage, National Artists’ Association. ACEA.  Barcelona, Spain


– The Washington Post. (Mention). Museums. In the galleries. The looking glass By Mark Jenkins July,30,201
– The Washington Post. Getting ‘Personal’ at King Street. By Mark Jenkins. Nov 13,2015
– City Paper. “The Looking Glass: Artist Immigrants of Washington” Katzen, (Mention) Reviewed By John Andersen 
– The Studio Visit Moments and Observations in Joan Belmar’s Studio.  Yayo Tavolara September 28, 2015
DC Metro Arts. By Maggie Gurlay  April 2015
The Washington Post. With wires and beads, exhibits dangle intrigue in front of visitor’s eyes
  By Mark Jenkins. February 20, 2015
– Sun Gazzete. Subtle spheres, shapes take center stage at McLean Project for Arts. By Brian Trompeter
-The Washington Post. CHORDS Liberto. By Mark Jenkins. Oct 3, 2014                                                                                                       
-Artsy Editorial. Harmony and Dissonance Imagined in the Abstractions of Joan Belmar. 
  June 7, 2014. By Emily Nathan Artsy editorial. New York, NY
-Modern/Luxury Magazine. Fairs to remember By Max Fishko                                                                                                    
-American Art Collector."Art Fair Preview: Contemporary Showcase. July , 2014                                                                                
-Blouin Artinfo. 3 Hamptons Fairs Bring Art to the Beach. By Ashton Cooper. July 07, 2014                                                              
-Color Redivivus: Abstract Music From Washington by Donald Kuspit. March 03, 2014                                                         
-Open Studio Magazine. Curated by Barbara O'Brien  of  Kemper Museum. Dec, 2014                                                                
-The Washington Post. Bethesda Painting Awards By Mark Jenkins. Jun 14, 2013                                                                                
-The Washington Post.‘Sigil’ art exhibition at Addison Ripley By Michael O’Sullivan. Jun 6, 2013                                          
-The Washington Post. Joan Belmar arrives to America. By Mark Jenkins. Nov 1, 2012                                                                      
-L'Artiste magazine. Take me to the River. France. Jan, 2012                                                                                                     
-The Examiner. Artist profile: Joan Belmar by Stephen Mack. August 1, 2011                                                                                    
-The Washington Post. Restore: Japan. By Stephanie Merry. March 30, 2011                                                                                
-American Contemporary Magazine. New Art to the Nation's Capital. By Lenny Campello. April/May, 2010                                      
-Washington Hispanic. Family Place Exhibe Sin Fronteras- Art without Frontiers. Nov 14, 2008                                                      
-Washington Post. Migration: Universal Truths. By Michael O’Sullivan. Jan 4, 2008                                                                         
-The News Leader. Inspired by Duchamp artist aims to disorient. By Maria Longley. July 10, 2008                                                    
-The Examiner. Seeing way beyond, deep, within.. or a reflection? By Robin Tierney.May 26, 2007                                                 
-Carroll County times.Nuances of Life. By  Pam Zappardino.June 04, 2007
-Washington Post/Express. Game of Illusions. By Robin Tierney. May 26, 2008                                                                                                      
-Fall Church news Northern Virginia. Art Beat. By Kevin Mellema. Dec 11, 2008                                                                            
-Washington Blade. Chile’s artistic ambassador.By Joe Howley. Sept 12,  2004                                                                                 
-El Tiempo Latino. Arte lo lleva a las olimpiadas de Atenas. By Milagros M. Vela. August 6, 2004                                                       
-El Mercurio. Joan Belmar en olimpiadas. By Perdro Gandolfo. August 1, 2004                                                                                
-La Tercera. Dos Chilenos. By Rodrigo Miranda. Nov 08, 2004                                                                                                       
-La Ultima hora Ibiza. Joan Belmar: Mi carrera comenzo en Ibiza. By TCR                                                             
-El Tiempo Latino. Artista chileno expone en DC. By Milagros M. Vela. August 07, 2004
-El Tiempo Latino. Talento hispano en Londres. By Milagros M. Vela. Nov 14, 2003                                                                        
-Washington Blade. The Atmosphere of Glass. By Greg Varner. Jan 12, 2001                                                                                   
-Diario de Ibiza. Joan Belmar. Del diseňo al arte en libertad. By Julio Herranz.
-Diario de Ibiza. Azul. By Jose Manuel Piňa.
-Ultima Hora Ibiza.  Elementos figuarivos tras la abstraccion. Vicenç Fenollosa.
-El Mundo. El Arte Moderno Aterriza En La Ciudad Eternal. Arteroma 97. By R. Montoya. Nov 29, 1997