Abdiel Beltrán (b.1996) is a first-generation Mexican-American artist living and working in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His work primarily consists of non-representational imagery and utilizes painting as a form to interrupt everyday life. His search to find an interruption is enhanced when he leaves the studio and paints in natural spaces. He recreates and re-screens layers of paint and often finds himself wanting to translate what it means and looks like to "let go". For example, painting non-figuratively en plein air allows him to experience a sense of liberation – typically manifested as gestures and letting the subtleties of the details matter. This process creates a dialogue between letting go while developing the tangible characteristics of painting through layers of marks, color and re-worked imagery. The results document a relationship between the restrictions that come from ordinary life and pushing boundaries as a form to find a sense of freedom within. He invites the viewer to not search for a narrative but to be curious instead.
A Contemporary Take on Traditional Art + Sound
Lapis Room is a vibrant art center dedicated to providing thought-provoking and beautiful works of art to the Albuquerque Old Town district. The Gallery was created to elevate a diverse selection of artists that are truly representative of Southwest contemporary culture. We seek to offer a multi-sensory experience with themes of connection, impermanence, and the beauty behind the ever-complicated human spirit.
Adding to the rich experience, Lapis Room is connected to Noisy Water Winery’s Old Town Tasting Room. Enjoy a glass of wine or cider while being immersed in Southwest art. We also offer a unique selection of fine jewelry, flora-rich apothecary, vintage, and handmade goods.
Come drink the nectar + spread the honey!