Born in Davao City, Philippines, Katrina Bello is a visual artist whose practice is devoted to drawing. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in the United States and the Philippines: Rowan University Art Gallery, El Museo Cultural, West Gallery, Trestle Gallery, Neon Heater Gallery, Gallery Aferro, The Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster among others. She has been awarded residencies at the Art & History Museums in Maitland, Florida and the Tides Institute & Museum of Art in Eastport, Maine, USA. Bello is the founder and operator of North Willow, an informal artist-run attic exhibition space in Montclair, New Jersey, USA. She lives and works in New Jersey, USA and Metro Manila, Philippines.


2013 MFA Studio Art, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, USA
2009 BFA Studio Art (magna cum laude) Mason Gross School of The Arts, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA
1990-1992 Industrial Design Major, College of Fine Arts, University of the Philippines, Quezon City, Philippines

Residencies and Awards 
2019 Tides Institute & Museum of Art, StudioWorks Artist-In-Residence, Eastport, ME, USA 
2019 Art & History Museums, Artist-In-Residence, Maitland, FL, USA 
2019 Chashama North, Artist-In-Residence, Pine Plains, NY, USA 
2018 Brush Creek Foundation For The Arts, Artist-In-Residence, Saratoga, WY, USA 
2018 Vermont Studio Center, Artist-In-Residence, Merit Grant, Johnson, VT, USA 
2017 Open Wabi, Artist-In-Residence, Fredericktown, OH, USA 
2012 Gallery Aferro, Artist-In-Residence Program, Newark, NJ, USA 

Solo Exhibitions
2021 West Gallery, Quezon City, Philippines (upcoming)
2019 Vast Expanses (2-person exhibition), Brick + Mortar Gallery, Easton, PA 
2019 Just Beneath The Surface (4-person exhibition), Drawing Rooms, Jersey City, NJ 
2018 Drawing Abundance, West Gallery, Quezon City, Philippines
2013 Skinning The Image, Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ
2011 Thought Patterns Krem Contemporary Art, Metro Manila, Philippines
2011 painting into place impossible traces, West Gallery, Quezon City, Philippines 
2009 drawing encounters from the turnpike and a light from a distant world, Mag:net Gallery, Makati, Philippines
2009 Fervor: Studies of the Black Nazarene, drawing and text installation with Eduardo Dayao, Jersey City, NJ
2008 Structure in Nature is a Strategy for Drawing, Mag:net Gallery, Katipunan Ave, Quezon City, Philippines
2005 Recent Paintings, Phoenix Gallery, New York, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions
2019 Heart & Fist, Vinyl on Vinyl Gallery, Metro Manila, Philippines 
2019 On The Rocks, Susan Eley Fine Art, New York, NY 
2018 What Always Begins: Filipino Artists From New York, Pinto Art Museum, Antipolo, Philippines
2018John The Revelator, Neon Heater Gallery, Toledo, OH
2018 Today Is All We Have, Settlers + Nomads, Las Vegas, NV
2018 Small Works, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 
2018 Navigating Elements, Rowan University Art Gallery, Glassboro, NJ
2018 The Idiosyncratic Pencil, Elizabeth Stone Harper Gallery, Clinton, SC
2018 Post Earth, Index Art Center, Newark, NJ
2017 As Far As Near As Deep As Wide And Tall, Galerie Roberto, Metro Manila, Philippines
2017 Synthesizing Nature, The Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster, NJ, and View Arts Center, Old Forge, NY 
2017 Encounters, Center For Art + Thought (online)
2016 Rockscapes, StARTup Art Fair, Mile North Hotel, Chicago, IL
2016 31 Central, Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ
2016 Nature, The Center For Contemporary Art, Bedminster, NJ
2014 Drift 2014, El Museo Cultural, Santa Fe, NM
2013 Peekskill Project V: Body as Landscape, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY
2012 Through You Into Action, Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ and Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster, NJ
2012 Arctic Flow, Index Art Center, Newark, NJ
2011 Drift 2011, abandoned Sacred Heart Mission Church, Ruidosa, TX
2011 Relexification, Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ
2010 Economica, online exhibition, International Museum for Women
2009 28 Days Later, Black and White Gallery, Quezon City, Philippines
2009 Tabula Rasa, Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ
2008 instant gratification: eventual consequences, Gaia , Jersey City, NJ
2006 American Diaspora,  Victory Hall, Jersey City, NJ
2006 a(d)dress, Gaia Studio, Jersey City, NJ
2003 Off The Top, Bill Maynes Gallery, New York, NY

Professional activities
Founder/Facilitator, north willow art space, Montclair, NJ, USA (current)
Mentor, Immigrant Artist Project, New York Foundation for the Arts + Newark (2019)
Facilitator, Spring 2018 Attic Artists-in-Residencenorth willow, Montclair, NJ, USA (2018)
Facilitator, Attitude of Openness, north willow, Montclair, NJ, USA (2017)
Facilitator, Remote​ ​Viewing, north willow, Montclair, NJ, USA (2017),
Facilitator, When​ ​Our​ ​Breaths​ ​Run, north willow, Montclair, NJ, USA (2017)
​​Facilitator, Rhizomes​ ​of​ ​Place​, north willow, Montclair, NJ, USA (2016) 
Blogger, Gallery Aferro Artists Alumni Blog (current)
Creative Capital Professional Development Program (2016)
Founder, Newark Bunker Projects, Newark, NJ, USA (2011)
Facilitator, Savage Circumstances: The Work of Evan Peterson Schoenly, Newark Bunker Projects, Newark, NJ (2011)
Facilitator, Memories of Places I Have Never Been: The Films of Dodo Dayao, Newark Bunker Projects, Newark, NJ (2011)
Photo editor, magazine and book publishing, Conde Nast Publications (2003-2016)
Graduate teaching assistant, Art and Professional Practices Seminar, Maryland Institute College of Art (2010-2011)

Interviews and Artist Talks
Artist Talk, Vast Expanses, Brick + Mortart Gallery, Easton, PA (2019)
Artist Talk, "Just Beneath The Surface" exhibition, Drawing Rooms, Jersey City, NJ (2019)
Artist Talk, Art & History Museums - Maitland, FL (2019)
Panelist, Women Artists Meet Up: Artist-run Spaces, Visual Arts Center of NJ (2018)
Interview/Profile by Sharon Louden, Creative Capital Blog (8.7.2017)
Interview/Profile, Filipino-American Artist Directory (2017)
Interview/Profile, Center For Art + Thought (2017)
Artist talk, 31 Central artists, Paul Robeson Galleries (2016)
Artist talk, Feminist Art Project, Paul Robeson Galleries (2016)
Artist Talk, Pierro Gallery (2014)
Artist Talk, Gallery Aferro(2014)

2019 Filipino American Artist Directory, edited by Janna Añonuevo Langholz
2018 Navigating Elements, Rowan University Art Gallery, Glasboro, NJ
2017 Small Works, Drawing Rooms, Jersey City, NJ
2016 Synthesizing Nature, by Clarence Burton Sheffield, JR, published by View Arts, NY
2016 Filipino American Artist Directory, edited by Janna Añonuevo Langholz
2012 Through You Into Action, published by Gallery Aferro, NJ
2009 Tabula Rasa, published by Gallery Aferro, NJ

Brush Creek Foundation For The Arts
Open Wabi Residency Artist Directory
Center For Art + Thought
Filipino American Artist Directory

West Gallery, Metro Manila, Philippines