Anna Belleforte

"Observations on the built environment are the springboards to my work: the history and stories, the patterns and geometries, and how structures impact our lives or communicate values and experiences. I build compositions piece by piece with paper (from books/maps) colorfully tinted in acrylics.”

The Voids of Pest 1 - Book pages (Hungarian), acrylic, pastel 100 x 150 cm

Mixed-media artist Anna Belleforte graduated in art history & fine art in Canada, then after winning a Sotheby’s scholarship, worked as a curator, researcher and architect’s assistant in the UK. Anna pursued a second MA and career in architectural conservation in England and Holland. The wealth of human stories in built environments all over the world and her love of the creative process motivated her transition back to art.

Anna's practice focuses on craftsmanship and draws on heritage and planning issues. Working in series, she always looks for intriguing perspectives and contrasts expressed through architecturality: that is to say, how form and structure influence our lives and identities. Though primarily working in paper and acrylic, she also explores other media, a variety of visual languages, and 3D installations. Belleforte has exhibited in Budapest (along with a residency), Holland, Germany, Canada, the UK and US. She is a member of the Dutch national art society DePloegh and is currently a finalist for the Canadian Salt Spring Art Prize.

Untold Depths - Paper maps (Europe), acrylic 150 x 100 cm
Cortile Intimo - Paper maps (Italy), acrylic, colour pencil 50 x 60 cm
Sicilian Storeys - Paper maps (Italy), acrylic 40 x 50 cm
Alley of the Ardennes - Paper maps (Belgium), acrylic

This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist


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