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Ray Beldner
San Francisco, CA

About the Artist

Ray Beldner's collage works are made from images of historic artworks mined from books, auction catalogs, and magazines. He is drawn to the shapes, colors, and textures in other artist's work, which he then deconstructs to create wholly new forms and narratives. His work ranges from small works on paper to large-scale collage assemblages.

Beldner's art work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and can be found in many public and private collections including the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and the Federal Reserve Board, Washington D.C., the Fine Arts Museums o…

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About the Artist

Ray Beldner's collage works are made from images of historic artworks mined from books, auction catalogs, and magazines. He is drawn to the shapes, colors, and textures in other artist's work, which he then deconstructs to create wholly new forms and narratives. His work ranges from small works on paper to large-scale collage assemblages.

Beldner's art work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and can be found in many public and private collections including the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and the Federal Reserve Board, Washington D.C., the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Oakland Museum of California, the San Jose Museum of Art, the diRosa Preserve in Napa, California, among others. Several corporations have collected his work as well: Saks Fifth Ave, Bain Capital, and Ryan Associates.

Born in San Francisco, Beldner received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and an MFA from Mills College. He has received numerous awards and fellowships including a California Arts Council Fellowship in New Genres, a Creative Work Fund Grant from the Haas Foundations, and a Potrero Nuevo environmental art grant. He has taught sculpture, interdisciplinary studies, and Professional Practices at the San Francisco Art Institute, California College of the Arts, San Francisco State University, and University of California, Santa Cruz.

His work has been reviewed in publications including Art in America, Arte, Art On Paper, Artweek, Wired, Playboy, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, the Village Voice, the International Herald Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. A profile of him and his work can be found in the book: Epicenter, San Francisco Bay Area Art Now, by Chronicle Books.

Artist’s Work

Wall Mounted Assemblages
Saints and satyrs
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Saints and Satyrs

By Ray Beldner

Flowerish boom
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Flowerish Boom

By Ray Beldner

Refuge and crown
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Refuge and Crown

By Ray Beldner

The most perfect most
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The Most Perfect Most

By Ray Beldner

That brave vibration
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That Brave Vibration

By Ray Beldner

Prime mover
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Prime Mover

By Ray Beldner

Large Collages
Sharp thick mind
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Sharp Thick Mind

By Ray Beldner

Theys of we
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Theys of We

By Ray Beldner

Big love crumbs
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Big Love Crumbs

By Ray Beldner

Oblong sins
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Oblong Sins

By Ray Beldner

Now the how
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Now the How

By Ray Beldner

More thinner than recall
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More thinner Than Recall

By Ray Beldner

Small Collage on Paper
Less never than alive
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Less Never Than Alive

By Ray Beldner

Did he does she
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Did He Does She

By Ray Beldner

Red rare deer
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Red Rare Deer

By Ray Beldner

Champychumpchomps
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ChampyChumpChomps

By Ray Beldner

Furnished souls
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Furnished Souls

By Ray Beldner

Precise dance
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Precise Dance

By Ray Beldner

Selected Exhibitions

Press and Accolades

  • LA Weekly
    March 19, 2021
  • Art in Print
    December 20, 2019
  • Artillery Magazine
    September 3, 2019

Education

  • Mills Collage, MFA, Sculpture
    Oakland, CA,1989 
  • San Francisco Art Institute, BFA, Painting and Printmaking
    San Francisco, CA,1986