Life is Sweet
The project "Life is Sweet” by Marta Beltrán (Granada, 1977) is her first solo exhibition at Puxagallery who has been representing her work for the past two years and has included her in several group shows and international contemporary art fairs. The opening was initially scheduled for April, but it had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 health crisis and the temporary closure of the country during the state of alarm. The opening is now scheduled for December 3rd, 2020 and will run until February 6th, 2021.
The project includes a series of works in different sizes which claim the liberation of the female figure based on the expansion of drawing as a daily record of daily events extracted from reality and media echoes, which are inspired by scenes and icons taken from the cinema or literature. Marta Beltrán's expression of unconscious and emotional contents happens through her identification with these fictional practices and entails a deep approach to her expressive modes, her subjective narrative and her non-conformist gaze.
Marta Beltrán is, without a doubt, one of the most unique voices in contemporary Spanish drawing. Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Granada, she also studied at the University of Loughborough (England) and the Complutense of Madrid. She has recently received important awards, such as the Daniel Vázquez Díaz Scholarship, the DKV-MAKMA Drawing Award and the Gregorio Prieto Drawing Award. In 2017 she received the University Production Aid of Granada which enabled her carry out her individual exhibition “La Ceremonia” (Hospital Real de Granada, 2017), curated by Susana Blas and, on the occasion of the International Women's Day, both, artist and curator, developed the workshop “Art, Women and Cinema: Analysis of female representations in the work of Marta Beltrán ”, organized by the Area of Visual Arts and the Area of Inclusion, Equality and Health Campus, of the Vice-Rector's Office for Social Responsibility, Equality and Inclusion. Among other artistic experiences, it is worth highlighting the residences in La Puebla de Cazalla (Department of Culture and Occupational Center, Seville, 2016), and in La Térmica (Málaga, 2015). She has also been selected as a finalist in the painting awards XI Premio de Pintura y Artes Plásticas La Rural (La Carolina, Jaén, 2018); Focus Abengoa (2015, 2014), Gregorio Prieto (2015, 2007), City of Alcalá (2015) and Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Granada (2008, 2007, 2005).