Marta Beltrán (Granada, 1977) explores an expanded drawing practice with the creation of a daily record in small format to large format and monumental compositions. Her primary motivation is the representation of the female figure as an expression of unconscious and emotional subject matter. From the identification with fiction practices by women writers, or cinema that has women as protagonists, Beltran´s aim is to approach the creation of a new subjective narrative.
She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Granada, and studied for a year at the University of Loughborough, England, thanks to an Erasmus scholarship. Subsequently, she completed postgraduate studies at several universities. Currently she lives and works in Granada.
During 2017 she received the Daniel Vázquez Díaz Scholarship and the Makma and Gregorio Prieto Drawing Awards. In 2016, her projects were chosen in various calls for proposals, such as Montaña Negra in the C3A, Córdoba and the 5th Edition Masquelibros – BMM, Madrid. Awarded, also, with a production grant from UGR, Granada, she carried out the individual exhibition The Ceremony at the Royal Hospital of Granada. This included a selection of works carried out from 2013 to 2016. The exhibition travelled to 13ESPACIOarte, Seville.
She has participated, likewise, in numerous group exhibitions, notably, Tiempo de luz (A Time of Light) visual artists from Andalucía, MUPAM, Málaga; No somos tan raras (We Are Not That Weird), Combo – La Fragua, Córdoba; FACBA, Faculty of Fine Arts, Granada and Los amigos invisibles (Invisible Friends), Carmen Thyssen Museum, Málaga. Among the recent artistic residences are the residency held in La Puebla de Cazalla, sponsored by the Department of Culture and in collaboration with the Occupational Center, Seville (2016), and in La Térmica, Malaga (2015).
She has been a finalist in important painting and drawing awards such as The Focus Abengoa (2015, 2014), Gregorio Prieto (2015, 2007), Ciudad de Alcalá (2015) and Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Granada (2008, 2007, 2005) and has she was awarded the Iniciarte Grant for artistic projects (2006) and the Al Raso creation scholarships (2006) in Granada and AECI in Luxemburo (2001). Among her individual exhibitions are Indifference to Death, (2014), in the Palace of the Counts of Gabia in Granada, La Casa de la Palmera (2013 – 2012) in The Independent Room TRN, and in several bookstore spaces in Granada, and What was I Thinking? (2009) in the Institute of America of Santa Fe de Granada.
She publishes in books and magazines such as (H) amor de madre, ConTinta Metienes (2016); The Fantasy, Plot and Background (2014), TRN in La Casa de la Palmera (2013), What Do I Have in Mind? (2010) and finally she co-directs and illustrates in Editions Urganda (2014 – 2012).