Joan Belmar is known for his unique technique of 3-D constructions and paintings. He combines his collage techniques with painted and untreated Mylar /paper strips set out in circles and curvilinear shapes. This technique produces variations in transparency as light and the viewer move in relation to the work. The sheer quality of these translucent materials captures and reflects light and encourages an up close viewing of the work to reveal the different layers within.
Joan is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the Mayor's Art Award Finalist in Washington, DC, the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities Fellowship Program, and an Individual Artist Grant by the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, and the state of Maryland. In 2016 he won first place in Drawing at the Osten Biennial in Macedonia.
Belmar was born in Chile and immigrated to the United States in 1999. Currently he lives in Upstate New York and works between New York and Washington DC.