Wellesley College, 1997, BA, Honors
For four decades now, I have been setting up camp around the world. I work with what is revealed by site and the fingerprints I impart always with the help of strangers. My art considers site, community, material and experience. Inspired urban landscapes from my international travels, my paintings explore the vulnerability of the pillars of our foundations as humans through architecture.
Six odysseys to my maternal homeland Arequipa, Peru since the 1970s serve as the primary building blocks of my work. Like so many memories of place, several of my paintings are constructed from a montage of imagery. Others deconstruct a single image creating a shifting landscape of color fields and negative space to speak to the way we experience and register life. The fractured quality of the work results from digitally deconstructed photographs, painted line work and a constructive painterly approach. My artwork uses multiple perspectives to tell the story of a place compound time embracing photography, texture and at times, text. Large abstract textured planes are juxtaposed with layers of realism; symbols of the past and present exist in conjunction. Navigating the social and political landscapes inspires me to investigate the fragility and potential of their existence at a global level.
Beth Davila Waldman was born in Princeton, NJ in 1975 to a Peruvian mother and a New York architect father. As a child, she quickly learned to define site as home as her parents moved her from Princeton to Cincinnati, Cincinnati to Houston, Houston to Florence, then back to Houston again. Deeply influenced by childhood memories to construction sites and museums, Beth pursued a career in the arts starting at the age of 15. She earned her 1st degree in art history and studio art with a concentration in cast bronze figurative works at Wellesley College in the Boston area.
From east to west, Beth established her new and current home in San Francisco Bay Area 17 years ago. She continued her education at the San Francisco Art Institute with a focus on site-specific public art and installation. During those years, her many travels to international urban sites as well as explorations of San Francisco alleys served as inspirations to her site work. She is currently working on a series of large-scale constructed mixed media paintings combining digital media with traditional paint inspired by her international travels as well as Colonial America. Beth plays an active role in the Bay Area artist community with her consulting business WaldmanArts. WaldmanArts offers consulting services to visual artists, collectors and arts organizations. She also played a key role as one of the founding members of the San Francisco Mission-based artist collective SpaceCraft; for three years, she curated, marketed and launched monthly art shows with SpaceCraft at the CELLspace Art Gallery.
Beth has exhibited her work throughout San Francisco including Arc Studios & Gallery, The Design Museum, 111 Minna Gallery, The Roll Up Gallery, Arc Gallery and many other gallery and alternative spaces including the renown CELLSpace Art & Community Center. In 2004, Beth was awarded the Harold E. Weiner Memorial Sculpture Award for the best sculptural work amongst all current sculpture students by the San Francisco Art Institute. In 2005, she was selected by Shelly Willis to complete a 2007 temporary site-specific installation entitled “Alternate Visitors Center of Sonoma” comprised of six 6’wx8’hx6’d gates installed on the sidewalks. Each gate was an assemblage of two years of photographing, scavenging, and interviewing local families; this project was funded by the Sonoma Community Center. Simultaneously, Beth was selected by architect Daniel Altman to complete a permanent sculpture at the private east bay residential community International Lofts in Oakland in 2006.
Since, her current body of work has been recognized by James Bacchi of ArtHaus for a 2013 national juried show “Structure”, selected for the juried Art4AIDS 2014 Fundraiser by jurors such as DeWitt Cheng, James Bacchi and Tom O’Conner, as well as designated as one of the top ten ArtSpan Open Studios Artists by Vango’s CEO Nathan Appleby in 2014. In 2015, her work was selected for an annual international juried exhibition at the New Orlean’s based Jonathan Ferrara Gallery by jurors Max Fisko of ARTMarket Productions and Valerie Cassell Oliver-Senior Curator of the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston as well as by Gallery16’s Griff Williams for an annual exhibition at The San Francisco Art Institute’s Diego Rivera Gallery.
In 2016, Beth’s paintings were nominated for an exhibition “Selections” at The Midway Gallery by jurors Jack Fischer of the Jack Fischer Gallery SF/NY, Noah Antieau of Red Truck Gallery/Heron Arts, Jilian Monribot of The Dryansky Gallery and Maria Naula of SFMOMA. In addition, Jack Fischer selected two paintings for the juried exhibition “Our Town” at the Richmond Art Center and on the east coast, Liz Key Strelka, Manager of Exhibitions at The Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., presented Beth with an honorable mention for her painting “City of Sillar No. 7” at theat MFA's Circle Gallery's national juried exhibition “American Landscapes”. Most recently, Jurors Franklin Sirmans, Director of Perez Art Museum, Miami and Artistic Director of Prospect.3 Biennial New Orleans, Anastasia James, Associate Curator at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, & Lester Marks, Named Among Top 200 Collectors World Wide by artnet.com, selected two paintings for the 20th annual NO DEAD ARTISTS Exhibition at the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery.
Beth lives and maintains her studio in the San Francisco Bay Area.