Chatenay-Malabry (la vallée aux loups) born, Philly raised, Chicago based artist Chloé Beltran makes their artwork through the process of questioning and challenging their current life and creations. They investigate the connection of different memories and how they are remembered. Whether it is remembered within the body or a consistent thought or collectively within many bodies, guiding each encounter with the world around them. Their work considers the questions, “How do our memories shape our being? How do we access them?” Chloé studied psychology after high school and moved to Chicago, currently completing their Masters in Art Therapy and Counseling at the School of the Art Inst. of Chicago.
They previously mainly worked with oils and charcoal on panel, paper, and canvas. The strong wooden surface provides a sense of support that compliments the fragility of paper. Similar to Leon Golub’s process of painting, they built layers on the surfaces and pull them apart afterwards.
Currently they are working with sound and text. Making art through these experiences adds moments of rawness and questions involving the spaces we hold and share. Chloé Beltran brings forward a profound level of honesty that invites observers to have a conversation with each piece and reevaluate experiences with their own.
2018 Halloween, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn NY
2017 New Directions, Barrett Art Center/DCAA, Poughkeepsie NY
2016 Portrait, ArtAscent Magazine
2016 Art for Social Change: Behind the Wall exhibition, Oak Park Art League, Chicago IL
2016 Wild, ArtAscent Magazine
2016 Creature Comforts, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL
2015 Home is Where..., Arterie Fine Arts, Naperville, IL
2014 Behold the Blossom, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
2013 All Creatures, Beauty Art Gallery, Newtown Square, PA
2018 Art Walk, Doylestown Hospital, Doylestown PA
2017 American Theater Company, Chicago IL
2016 ANALOG RAM, The Research House for Asian Art, Chicago, IL
2016 SAIC BFA Show, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago IL
2015 Now Show, Flatiron Arts Building, Chicago, IL
2018 - 2021 Masters of Art in Art Therapy
(In progress) School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
BFA - Painting, Writing, and Performance
2014 - 2017 School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2012 - 2014 Delaware County Community College, Media, PA