Aileron 47 x 86 x 75 cm Copper 2013


This small sculpture is marked with a deep cut on its upper part. At 34kg, the sculpture not only underlines the threats looming over the survival of sharks but also highlights their fragility. Its physical delicacy denounces shark fishing. Made of bronze, a noble and strong material, the work’s surface has a green-blue patina. Its multiple hollows and waves are reminiscent of the ocean.


Beli is a contemporary artist of Celtic origin, who is originally from Florence, but now based in Monaco. Since childhood, Beli has been keen on painting and drawing. Between 1991 and 1995, she studied at the Corcoran Art School in Washington DC and at the Glassell Art School in Houston, Texas. In the last 20 years her work has consisted of watercolors, charcoal and oil. Thanks to Mateo Mornar, who is now her collaborator, Beli has explored and studied carving as another form of artistic expression.

With a personal interest and involvement in the protection of the oceans, and more particularly of sharks, Beli has utilised her work to eradicate the stereotypical reputation that depicts sharks as bloodthirsty killers. In December 2013, and January 2014, Beli launched her shark exhibition at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco. Her paintings depicting the harmony between man and animals were very well received.

  Moscow Image Credit: Vladimir Klabukov
Aileron - Beli - Monaco 2014
Beli - Moscow