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Ray Beldner

Ray Beldner
Ray Beldner

Ray Beldner

Mixed Media

Cut, arrange, analyze, change, glue, mount, varnish. I make my work with images mined from art history books, auction catalogs, art magazines, and posters. I am drawn to the shapes, colors and textures in other artist's work, which I then deconstruct...Read More

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Cut, arrange, analyze, change, glue, mount, varnish. I make my work with images mined from art history books, auction catalogs, art magazines, and posters. I am drawn to the shapes, colors and textures in other artist's work, which I then deconstruct to create wholly new forms and narratives. Through this process, I play with the tension between figuration and abstraction and I’m interested in how 2D forms can occupy, define and create space.

I find the medium of collage unendingly fascinating. Utilizing its fluid, improvisational capabilities, I’ve made works ranging from small collages on paper to large-scale collage assemblages and free-standing collage sculptures.


Ray Beldner is a mixed media artist and for the past 25 years, has exhibited his art both nationally and internationally. His work can be found in many public and private collections including the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and the Federal Reserve Board, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Oakland Museum of California, the San Jose Museum of Art. His artwork is also in several hotel and corporate collections such as the President Hotel, NY, Candler Hotel, Atlanta, Saks Fifth Ave, Bain Capital, McKesson Corporation, and Ryan Associates.

Born in San Francisco, Beldner received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and an MFA from Mills College in Oakland, California. 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 and interdisciplinary studies at the San Francisco Art Institute and the California College of the Arts, U.C. Berkeley, and University of California, Santa Cruz.

His work has been reviewed in publications including Art in America, Art on Paper, Wired, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, the Village Voice, the International Herald Tribune and the New York Times. Recent catalogues with his work include: Inventing Marcel Duchamp: The Dynamics of Portraiture, MIT Press, 2009; Art of Engagement: Visual Politics in California and Beyond, University of California Press, 2006; Imaginary Economics: Contemporary Artists and the World of Big Money, NAi Publishers, 2005. A profile of him and his work can be found in the book: Epicenter, San Francisco Bay Area Art Now, by Chronicle Books.



2020 - November Spotlight, Platform Gallery, Seattle, WA
2019 - Shaped Collages, Lancaster Museum of Art and History, CA
2019 - Kolaj, Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery, Lafayette, CA
2016 - Ray Beldner, Collages, Platform Gallery, Seattle, WA
2011 - Portraits, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, California
2008 - The Word, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, California


2020 - Depicting Duchamp: Portraits of Marcel Duchamp, Francis Naumann Fine Arts, New York, NY
2018 - Paper Cuts: Large Scale Collage, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA
2017 - Marcel Duchamp Fountain: An Homage, Francis Naumann Fine Arts, New York, NY
2017 - The Kindness of Strangers: Recent Acquisitions, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ
2014 - Transforming the Written Word, The Grand, Tracy, CA
2012 - Renegade Humor, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
2011 - You Can't Make Art By Making Art: The Legacy of David Ireland, Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, Oakland, CA
2010 - Personal Identities/Contemporary Portraits, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA
2010 - Shadow Shop, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA


Bain Capital, San Francisco, CA
Candler Hotel, Atlanta, GA
City and County of San Francisco, CA
City of San Jose, San Jose, CA
Dublin Fine Arts Foundation, Dublin, CA
McKesson Corporation, San Francisco, CA
President Hotel, New York, NY
Ryan Associates, San Francisco, CA
Richmond Redevelopment Agency, Richmond, CA
Saks Fifth Ave, San Francisco, CA


MFA, Sculpture, Mills College, Oakland, CA
BFA, Painting and Printmaking, San Francisco Art Institute


2004 - The Oxbow School, Napa, CA, Visiting Artist
2001 - Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA, Artist-in-Residency
2001 - De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA, Artist-in-Residency
1999 - Potrero Nuevo Grant
1998 - Ruth Chenven Foundation Grant
California Arts Council Grant: Artist-in-Schools
1997 - Creative Work Fund Grant, Haas Foundations
1996 - California Arts Council Fellowship, New Genres: Installation Art
1996 - Centre D'Art D'Herblay, France, Artist-in-Residency
1994 - California Discovery Awards, Gold Award


2014-2020 - Co-Founder/Director, stARTup Art Fair
2010-13 - UC Berkeley Extension, San Francisco, Post Baccalaureate Program
2010-13 - California State University, San Francisco, Lecturer, Art Practice
2008-2010 - University of California, Santa Cruz, Lecturer, Sculpture Department
2003-2006 - Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga, CA, Associate Professor, Art Practice
2000-2011 - San Francisco Arts Education Project Summer Program
1994-2003 - San Francisco Art Institute, CA, Adjunct Professor, Sculpture and Interdisciplinary Departments
1999 - College of Notre Dame, Belmont, CA, Three-Dimensional Design
1998 - California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA, Interdisciplinary Grad Seminar


works on paper, abstract, collage, sculpture, colorful, commissions, large-scale installations, art history