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David Beltrán

Born in 1978 in La Habana, Cuba,
Lives and works in Madrid, Spain

“Beauty has a great quality: it expands the soul. I deeply believe in an art that lifts us spiritually and cognitively.

David’s new photography reaches this dimension. They are fragments of a reality that he has emptied of narrative) and history, (as Jorge Fernandez once told him) by modifying scale, angle or orientation. Thus, these images lose all links to their original reality, retaining only what is essential, what has always had an invisible side, something that is beyond these fragments: the capacity of expansion that viewers may have.

They also incite viewers to be more aware of the world, to keep focusing on its most beautiful side… an act completely necessary in these times.

These works also look like paintings: the reality itself has already composed a truly pictorial work. Then why imitate it with pencils, oil, watercolors?

We could call them “found paintings”.”

Glenda León’s text

Solo Exhibitions
2014 – Fragmentos de Infinito – Fototeca de Cuba, La Habana, Cuba, 2014
2011 – Salud 762 – Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, La Habana, Cuba
2010 – Side A & Side B – Galería Skimo Arte, Madrid, Spain
2008 – Esencias y/o apariencias topográficas – Galería Artecovi, Fundación Ecovi. Madrid, Spain
2007 – Fresh & koos – Espacio alternativo, calle Barcelona nº12, Madrid, Spain
2006 – U–Tropic – Galería San Lucas 9, Madrid, Spain
2005 – Quimeras – Cinemateca de Cuba. La Habana, Cuba
2003 – Rompiendo Barreras – Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes visuales. La Habana, Cuba


Group Exhibitions
2012 – Enema – Presentación y lanzamiento del libro “Enema”. Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, Instituto Superior de Arte. XI Bienal de la Habana. La Habana, Cuba
2011 – Proyecto “En bandeja” – Feria de Arte Contemporaneo Art Madrid, Galería Estampa, Madrid, Spain
2011 – Muestra de Arte Iberoamericano Contemporáneo, Galería Skimo Arte, Madrid, Spain
2008 – Contemporánea Cuba / Mi Isla es una Ciudad – Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Triennale Bovisa, Milán, Itlay
2007 – Bestiario – Instituto Europeo de Diseño, Madrid, Spain
2006 – “Futuro” La huella multiple – Convento de San Francisco de Asís, La Habana, Cuba
2005 – Papel – Galería Artecovi, Fundación Ecovi, Madrid, Spain
2004 – Fluorescenci –  Facultad de Artes y Letras. Universidad de La Habana. La Habana, Cuba
2004 – E.C.R.O (Esquema Conceptual Referencial y Operativo) – Gallery Gelsenkirchen, Germany
2003 – Maneras de inventarse una sonrisa – Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales. La Habana, Cuba. Colateral a la VIII Bienal de La Habana
2003 – Morcilla –   Performance Colectivo Enema (29 de Octubre) presentación de la documentación de Morcilla. Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam. La Habana, Cuba. VIII Bienal de La Habana
2002 – From a black hole –  Centro Cultural de Spain. La Habana, Cuba
2002 – From a black hole – Son Space, Spain. De Miguel Gallery, Münich, Germany. Gallery Chistrian Dam, Copenhagen, Dinamarca
2002 – Recursos Humanos – Galería Habana. La Habana, Cuba.
2001 – Enema / Mezclilla – Exposición y performance . Fundación Ludwig de Cuba. La Habana
2000 – Havana-ISA-Club “Proyecto de Remodelación”. Vll Bienal de la Habana

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