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Joseph Bellacera

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Birthplace
Oakland, California

Birth year
1949

Lives in
California & New Mexico

Works in
California & New Mexico

Website

Representing galleries

Statement

Bellacera finds inspiration throughout his travels. Views of the ocean, deserts of the southwest, aerial views of agricultural fields, landscapes of the Sacramento delta region, ancient walls, mosaics, and the intimate patterns of nature found in his garden all combine to inspire him. In his luminous abstract and landscape paintings radiant forms emerge and dissolve to evoke feelings of transcendence and the Divine. Bellacera comments, "I use the alchemy of color and light to create the experience of seeing something, as if for the first time, before we define, name and categorize it. In this way, through painting, the mystery and awe of discovery and creation is continuously renewed."

RESUME

EDUCATION
1987 MFA, UC Santa Barbara, CA
1982 MA, Art Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA
1975 BA, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA
1971-1973 Massachusetts College of Art, Boston

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2011 Abstract Meets Solid Form, The James Ratliff Gallery, Sedona, AZ
2010 Capitol Public Radio Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2009 Brush with Nature, Solomon Dubnick Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2009 New Works, Intel, Corporate Art Exhibit, Folsom, CA
2008 Fields of Light, Solomon Dubnick Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2007 New Work, Crossroads Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
2006 The Luminous Horizon & Beyond, Solomon Dubnick Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2006 New Work, Crossroads Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
2004 New Worlds, The Art Foundry Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2004 Light on the Land, SMUD Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2004 Landscapes of Southern Italy, Barton Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2003 Siddhartha Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal
2003 Tuscan Dreams, Barton Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2002 New Landscapes, Elliott Fouts Gallery, Granite Bay, CA
2002 Illumination, The Art Foundry, Sacramento, CA
2001 City of Rivers, California Arts Council, Sacramento, CA
2001 Radiant Spaces, Elliot Fouts Gallery, Granite Bay, CA
2001 A Favored Place, Pence Gallery, Davis, CA
2000 Air, Water, Earth, Elliott Fouts Gallery, Granite Bay, CA
2000 Light on The Horizon, The Art Foundry Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2000 Joseph Bellacera, Recent Paintings, Tower Gallery, Sacramento, CA
1999 Variations, Tower Gallery, Sacramento, CA
1998 John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA
1996/95/92 Michael Himovitz Gallery, Sacramento, CA
1996 J.D. Neuman Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1995 Water, Fields & Skies, Quercia Gallery, Duncan Mills, CA
1992 Recent Monotypes, California State Capitol/Sacramento, CA
1989 Accurate Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA
1988 Fairfield Civic Arts Center, Fairfield, CA
1987 Structures I, University of California Art Museum, Santa Barbara, CA
1986 Structures, Brandon’s, Santa Barbara, CA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2011/10  Gallery Artists Group Show, Patricia Carlisle Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
2011/10/09 Gallery Artists Group Show, The James Ratliff Gallery, Sedona, AZ
2011/10/09/08/07/06 Solomon Dubnick Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2010/09/08 Gallery Artists Group Show, Handsel Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2010  Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA
2010  The Art of Public Art, Gallery 625, Woodland, CA
2009 Ouroboros, Solano College Gallery, Fairfield, CA
2009 Northern California Landscape, Fairfield Civic Arts Center, Fairfield, CA
2007 Yolo County Arts Council, Woodland, CA
2007/06/05 Gallery Artists Group Show, Crossroads Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
2006 Flatlanders, Richard Nelson Gallery, University of CA, Davis, CA
2006/05/04 Sacramento Valley Landscape Exhibition, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA
2004 By Land and By Sea, Exploding Head Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2004 Northern California Landscape, Solano College, Fairfield, CA
2003 Just Beyond Town, Walter Buehler Visitor's Center Gallery, UC Davis, CA
2002 Summertime in Sacramento, Exploding Head Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2002 The Landscape, GwendaJay/Addington Gallery, Chicago, IL
2002 Bridges, Elliot Fouts Gallery, Granite Bay, CA
2002 Embassy Suites - Recent Commissions, The Art Foundry, Sacramento, CA
2000 The Exquisite Corpse, The Art Foundry Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2000 Still Life Exhibition, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA
2000 Land, Sky, Water, Tower Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2000 Click Plus, American River College Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2000 Over the Bridge, California Arts Council, Sacramento, CA
1999 Recent Still Lifes, Tower Gallery, Sacramento, CA
1999 Views of California, Tower Gallery, Sacramento, CA
1998 All Creatures, Great & Small, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA
1998 Sacramento Valley Landscapes, Tower Gallery, Sacramento, CA
1997 Watermarks, Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento, CA
1995 Artful Urnz, Michael Himovitz Gallery, Sacramento, CA
1995 Landscapes, Real & Imaginary, California State Univ., Sacramento, CA
1995 Hand Held, Solano College Gallery, Suisun, CA
1994/93 California Landscape, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA
1992 Group Landscapes, Himovitz/Miller Gallery, Sacramento, CA
1990 Artists for Amnesty International, Natsoulas/Novelozo Gallery, Davis, CA
1990/89 Accurate Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA
1989/88 Imagine, a traveling exhibit (U.S. & Europe), Sponsored by the
Walter Library, U.S. International University, & Verbum Magazine, San Diego, CA
1988 Macintosh Computer Conference, Boston, MA
1987 West Coast Painters, University of Hawaii
1987 Lagoons, University of California, Santa Barbara
1983 Reese Bullen Gallery, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA

AWARDS & GRANTS
2010 Nevada Museum of Art, purchase award in juried competition, Reno, NV
1999 Best Landscape, KVIE PBS Art Show
1988 1st place & purchase award, Fairfield Art Show
1987 Merit Awards, Annual Herbert Bayer Exhibit, Brooks Adobe Center for the Arts, Santa Barbara
1986 Patent Grant, University of California, Santa Barbara
1985 Graduate Research Fellowship, University of California, Santa Barbara
1972 1st place printmaking, 3rd place photography, New England Festival of the Arts, Boston, MA

RELATED EXPERIENCE
1996 Assistant Director, Dawn Moline Fine Arts Gallery, Gold River, CA
1991-02 Judge/juror for numerous art shows and competitions

TEACHING
1988-02 Guest lecturer: University of California, Davis; American River College; Solano College
1985-87 Instructor: University of California, Santa Barbara
1973 Instructor: California State University, Humboldt

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
Embassy Suites, Hyatt Regency, Hewlett-Packard, Sharna Hoffman & Associates, University of California Davis Medical Centers, Kaiser-Permanente Hospitals, Renown Health, Lodi Memorial Hospital, Sacramento County Primary Care Clinic, Central Oregon Community College, Yolo County, Carroll Burdick & McDonough Attorneys, Parker Development Co., Clarklift Team Power, Pension Associates, Allstar Investments, Oglivy Worldwide

Joseph Bellacera has exhibited regularly since 1989. His work can be found in many private and corporate collections throughout the United States.

Recent Exhibits

Joseph Bellacera participated in these exhibits:

Apr, 2014 Cosmic Compulsions and Animated Animals
SMAart Gallery & Studio
 
Feb, 2013 Layers
Transmission Gallery
 
Jul, 2011 15th Anniversary Group Exhibit
Patricia Carlisle Fine Art
 
Nov, 2010 Holiday Show
Patricia Carlisle Fine Art
 
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