Loriel Beltran was born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1985. At age fifteen he moved to Miami where he attended Design and Architecture Sr. High, and later obtained a BFA from New World School of the Arts. His work often develops by altering or infiltrating existing processes or systems, working with materials that have a history.

In the “Damaged works” series he used shipping crates that had previously transported art and were later discarded by galleries and museums. The crates were cut to resemble ruins or unfinished architecture, and then burnt using a torch to reveal the intricate wood grain, creating a pattern of the intersection between nature and culture.


Loriel has Exhibited at the Wolfsonian Museum’s Bridge Tenders House in Miami Beach, and has been part of group exhibitions at The Miami Art Museum, The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, The Museo de Arte Acarigua Araure in Acarigua, Venezuela, and has had solo exhibitions at the Fredric Snitzer Gallery, and the non-profit Locust Projects in Miami.