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“Duality in gold” Dualidad en oro | Oil and gold foil on French canvas | 89.9 cm x 180 cm | Year 2020

Belarmino Miranda Montoya (1966 – Medellín Colombia), for more than thirty years as a visual artist he has made various series in which the starting point has been the body as a symbol of the sublime, the spiritual and the human. To achieve this, he has expressed himself through drawing and painting, although in recent works, he has included various materials in his work to generate new visual experiences in the viewer.

Review

In the 1990s, the works of Belarmino Miranda emerged in Colombia and with rapid acceptance in international circles, a work that has the power to firmly root us in the present, while allowing us a reunion with the history of art; fortunate synthesis that makes it suggestive and full of connotations.

Although a first glance seems to indicate that all the expressive and symbolic load of his paintings is concentrated in the communion that can be perceived in them, the nudity of the female bodies and the landscape.

We discover a little more attentive to his trajectory, that this recurrence of symbolic elements also occurs in his interior paintings (perhaps somewhat warmer and less dense), in which the presence of children and women crowned with faint halos and crowns brought of ancient flower ceremonies, they suggest golden ages increasingly distant from ours, in which the power of the outside world does not succeed, however, to extinguish these subtle manifestations of the spirit.

Miranda manages to give us, through the meticulous recreation of the intimate moments of a placid feminine bath, a breath of the poetics of the memory of the origin, using elements as simple as the meeting of women’s skin and water, in those that the seasoned observer can attend representations that, despite being performed in contemporary settings that would otherwise seem prosaic to us, manage to convey to us, touched by a nostalgic sense of the sacred, the emotion and the beauty contained in the perpetuation of a ancient ritual.

“Golden Dream” Sueño Dorado | Oil and gold foil on French canvas | 60 cm x 130 cm | Year 2020
“Poem” Poema | Giclée on canvas with intervention in gold foil | 80 cm x 107 cm | Year 2021
“Dream 1” | Oil on canvas | 20 cm in diameter. “Dream 2” | oil on canvas | 30 cm in diameter. “Dream 3” | Oil on canvas | 20 cm in diameter.
“Origin” | Oil on panel | 100 cm in diameter. | Year 2013
“Bath of light” | Oil on canvas | 89.9 x 60 cm | Year 2004
“Bath of light” | Giclée on paper | 44 x 31 cm (P / A) | Year 2004 “Bath of light” | Giclée on paper | 97 x 79 cm (P / A) | Year 2004
“Manantial” | Giclée on canvas | 80 cm x 107 cm (P / A)
“Golden” | Giclée on canvas | 89.9 x 60 cm (P / A) | Year 2019
“Shawl” | Oil and Giclée on canvas | 66 x 51 cm | Year 2019 “Social networks” Giclée on paper | 104 x 65 cm (P / A) | Year 2016
“Study 1 for Atavistic Knowledge” | Oil on Panel | 30 x 30 cm | Year 2014 | Artist’s collection
“Atavistic Knowledge 2” | Oil on canvas | 105.5 x 81 cm | Year 2014 | Artist’s collection
“Nimbus for the faithful” | Oil on canvas | 15.5 x 89 cm | Year 2014 | Artist’s collection
“From the series states” | Oil on canvas | 120 x 89 cm | Year 2013 | Artist’s collection
“Poem” | Oil on canvas | 80 x 40 cm | Year 2015

His plastic work has been exhibited in countries such as: United States, Canada, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Venezuela, Costa Rica, China and Colombia. Important galleries and renowned art fairs where his work has been exhibited include: Art Shanghai – Art Miami – Art Palm Beach – Art 21 Las Vegas – Art Essentials Canada – Art New York – FÍA Caracas – Artbo Bogotá – Artfi Bogotá and Art Medellín, among others. His works are part of different private collections.

Publications
1991 – 1995Book “Shape and color of Colombia”
1998Book “14 Colombian Figuratives”
2000Book “Neorealism in Colombia”
2005Book “Colombia Gallery”
2007Book “Art Expressions”
2012ART TOUR INTERNATIONAL magazine, with circulation in Europe and the USA. It published a report about his work
2013He is mentioned alongside the Renowned Artist, Fernando Botero in the catalog: “Top 60 Masters of Contemporary Art 2013.”
Covers
BookDie with Dad by Oscar Collazos
BookDeath of The Model by Phillip Potdevin
Acknowledgments
2011Receives Honorable Mention and recognition of his career in the professional category at the Departmental Hall of Visual Arts, Medellin, Colombia.
2018At the Museum of Modern Art of Medellín he received the “San Lorenzo de Aná” award in the Plastic Arts category.
2019Selected in Expo Cultura as “reference artist” in the category “Artists of Great Trajectory” He and his art were selected as a subject of focus in “Medellin City Discovery”.
Exhibitions
1985Hall of Art INEM, ITA, CASD, Medellín Colombia
1986Lybrary: Luis Angel Arango, Bogota Colombia
1987University of Antioquia, Medellin Colombia
Official Employes Club, Bogota Colombia
ICBF, Medellin Colombia
1989Aimaru Gallery, Bogota Colombia
1990Small Format Pilot Public Library, Medellin Colombia
1991Shape and Color Colombia, Bogota Colombia
Cibeles Gallery, Medellin Colombia
1992Artfi, International Art Fair, Bogota Colombia
1993Skandia Gallery, Bogota Colombia
Highway Art Gallery, Medellin Colombia
1994The Study Gallery, Medellin Colombia
1996Gallery Hall 33, Medellin Colombia
1997Color and Shape Gallery, Medellin Colombia
1998Hispanic American Museum, Miami Fl USA
Embassy of Colombia in Costa Rica
Rica, Jorge M. Sori Fine Art Gallery, Miami Fl USA
Bal Harbour Gallery, Miami Fl USA
Latin American Art, George Nader, Dominican Republic
1999Latin-American Art, Dominican Republic.
Bal Harbour Gallery Miami FL USA.
Art Palm Beach, West Palm Beach FL USA.
Art Miami, Miami FL USA.
Iberoamerican Fair of Caracas, Venezuela.
Jorge M. Sori Fine Art Gallery, Miami FL USA.
Caesarea Gallery, Boca Raton FL USA
2000Art Miami, Miami FL USA
Caesarea Gallery, Boca Raton FL USA
Art 21, Las Vegas, Nevada USA
Bal Harbor Gallery, Miami FL USA
Art Palm Beach, West Palm Beach FL USA
Jorge M. Sori Fine Art Gallery, Miami Fl USA
2001Caesarea Gallery, Boca Raton FL USA
Glass Gallery, Los Angeles CA USA
Art Essentials, Canada
Bal Harbour Gallery, Miami FL USA
2002Art Miami, Miami FL USA
Caesarea Gallery, Boca Raton FL USA
Jorge M. Sori Fine Art Gallery, Miami FL USA
Grass Gallery, Los Angeles CA USA
2003Art Miami, Miami FL USA
Jorge M. Sori Fine Art Gallery, Miami FL USA
Guardian Gallery, Los Angeles CA USA
Caesarea Gallery, Boca Raton FL USA
2004Art New York, New York USA
Art Miami, Miami FL USA
Caesarea Gallery, Boca Raton FL USA
Guardian Gallery, Los Angeles CA USA
2005Caesarea Gallery, Boca Raton FL USA
Karen Lynne Gallery, Beverly Hills CA USA
Mundo Arte Gallery, Medellín Colombia
2006Montealegre Gallery, Bogota Colombia
2007Artbo International Art Fair, Duke Arango Gallery, Bogota Colombia
2009Bal Harbour Gallery Miami FL USA
Jorge M. Sori Fine Art Gallery, Miami FL USA
Caesarea Gallery Boca Raton FL USA
Karen Lynne Gallery, Beverly Hills CA USA
Elite Art Editions, Miami FL USA
Current Art, Bogotá Colombia
Ramírez Sánchez Gallery, Bucaramanga Colombia
2010Art Shanghai Latin American Pavilion, China
Bal Harbour Gallery, Miami FL USA
Elite Art Editions, Miami FL USA.
The Wall Art Gallery, Medellín Colombia
2011Art Galllery Rafael Uribe, Palace of Culture, Medellín Colombia
2012Art Galllery Rafael Uribe, Palace of Culture, Medellín Colombia
2013“Seven” Color and Form Gallery, Medellín Colombia
The Workshop Gallery. Medellín Colombia
2014Diego Victoria Fine Art Gallery, Miami FL USA
Art Medellin, Wooden box, Medellin Colombia
Exhibition Religious painting, Santafé de Antioquia Colombia
Workshop Gallery, Medellín Colombia
2016Permanent exhibition in “A2 Gallery”, Sala de Amor y Arte Fundación, Medellín Colombia
Art Medellin, Wooden box, Medellin Colombia
2017Permanent exhibition in “A2 Gallery”, Sala de Amor y Arte Fundación, Medellín Colombia
2018Permanent exhibition in “A2 Gallery”, Sala de Amor y Arte Fundación, Medellín Colombia
2019Permanent exhibition in “A2 Gallery”, Sala de Amor y Arte Fundación, Medellín Colombia
Exhibition at the international maritime summit, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
2020Permanent exhibition in “A2 Gallery”, Sala de Amor y Arte Fundación, Medellín Colombia

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