12 POINTS ABOUT CIRO BELTRAN
1. New painting. He reformulates the pictorial tradition of Chilean art from Balmes to Bororo-Benmayor, proposing a new look on the painting, going through the conceptual criticism of Diaz and Dittborn, to realize an abstract painting displaced towards architecture and the performative.
2. Permanent transit and revision of paradigms. He has installed a new visuality in the urban context, from his intervention work in the city, with the series of „Painting on public road“, which led to performance, resizes the landscape and confronts it as part of the context of the work.
3. Contribution to education. He contributed to the creation of the School of Art of the Austral University of Valdivia, being its first director. He proposed a broader way of academic education, incorporating his combined experience of Chile and Germany. He actively participates in meetings with art students from different schools and universities in Chile.
4. Contribution to the history of Chilean art. His artistic practice has been and is a way of doing in constant investigation and questioning of the forms and possibilities of painting, taking it to its extreme limits.
5. Constant research. Creation work where he combines different areas in art, from the experience of painting in its displacements to architecture, to performance, urban intervention, to poetry installed in the urban context. In this way, he has expanded the boundaries and limits of the way of seeing and producing art.
6. Environmental awareness. Pioneer in the art of recycling and the environment since 1987 (trees planted as an action in the School of Art of the U. of Chile) and in 1989 („Global exhibition“ Bucci Gallery). Since then he has created a solid and permanent work where he values and incorporates concepts and elements of nature and their relationship with the awareness of the reality we live in today.
7. Visual Poetry-Art and Word. He establishes relationships between the word, poetry and the visual arts, where each expression integrates diverse fields from experimentation and proposes new formats, supports, spaces that broaden artistic genres.
8. The poetic in his proposal. Where the word, the sign and its meaning are an intrinsic part of his pictorial-poetic work, in a constant where word and image merge to give rise to books-objects, paintings with words, poetic-theoretical texts and poetry-installed.
9. Painting on Public Road. Leaving the margins of the trestle and the exhibitions inside the halls, he has made and exhibited his work directly on the street since 1984 in Vancouver and Santiago, with the aim of surprising the passer-by with a different and novel visuality.
10. Muralism. Connection with Latin America. His muralism can be associated with the development of Latin American-Mexican muralism in terms of being part of the public space, as well as his graphics are related to the petroglyph and pre-Columbian art.
11. Multiple and Open Work. Without dogmatism and hierarchies he assumes the subjectivity of the spectator in its multiple readings and he invites to the integrating participation, to understand the art without borders of genres.
12. Cultural Ambassador. Living more than 25 years between Europe and Chile he has taken us to a large number of countries becoming a cultural ambassador.