” My name is Juliette Belmonte. I was born in Costa Rica, but I moved to the United States when I was a child. I have moved a lot throughout my life and will likely continue to do so as I find I gain a new perspective with each move.
I studied graphic design in college, but I ended up never using my degree and instead pursued a career in painting. Later in life, I studied painting at the Art Institute of Chicago and The Art Students League of New York.
My mother was a working artist while I was growing up and I spent a tremendous amount of time watching her work in her studio. She had a unique and somewhat casual approach to art that always made it feel accessible to me. We would listen to records from all over the world and I would fall into a sort of spell while I watched her paint. The tranquility of the artist studio was the one constant in an otherwise peripatetic childhood. The positive associations I have with art making all stemmed from this time in my life and are still very much with me. ” Juliette Belmonte