Belén

Born 1997 in Hamburg, Germany Lives and works in Hamburg, Germany

The artist Belén, with full name Anna-Belén Meyer, lives and works in Hamburg. Her abstract and colourful works are a visual representation of processing the environment surrounding her. By being sensitive and in a way vulnerable to the external world, Belén takes each impression as an opportunity to understand the world from a different angle. Sometimes more figurative, but always some dream-like logic underneath. As if the cues and hints of the outside world are being processed in a different set of symbols which can be read by the viewer in different views, depending on their point of view and openness to the world.

In her current series, she turns her own gaze inwards. For example, there is a heart, which has been pulled outside, and yet it stays connected to the inside. What does it want? Did we force it to leave the body? Did it flee? We engage in a dialogue, even though harm has been done. It seems like these questions and patterns have been neglected and sometimes even dismissed in the past but become the leading attitude of the 20s of this century.

For her abstract compositions, Belén uses a very particular technique in her studio on the Alster. She paints upside down: the painted front of the canvas becomes the back and the back becomes the main image. During the later painting process of the picture on the ground, the special textures on the surface of the picture are created. One might think that the composition is subject of chance, but for the artist "nothing is coincidental and every action is an expression of mental tension". Basically, the creative process is an art in itself.

"Art has always been the medium through which I have found myself, which has grounded me. For me, painting is a meditative and transcendental process." The artist subtly and poetically captures the landscapes and natural areas of Africa. However, her works are also about the dialogue of pain and beauty, "wherever there is beauty there is pain" says the artist. The fragility in her works also reflects a part of the artist's personality. The intensity of Belen’s paintings seems to allow the viewer to experience the emotions and feelings that constitute her art - from absolute stillness to pulsating excitement. The artist consciously uses the play of front and back as a stylistic device to show that a look at the back or a look behind the facade is worthwhile.

Art has always been a part of Belén's life. She focused on art at the international and multicultural boarding school Kolleg St. Blasien and has been creatively active ever since. Today the self-taught artist makes her debut at Galerie Melbye-Konan and exhibits in discourse with artists from Africa. Soon she will also be exhibiting internationally in Paris, London and Africa.

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