Louis Beltran is maestro, artist, architect, entrepreneur and founder of BELT. Born into a family of dreamers, engineers, and artists in the provincial region of Armenia, Colombia, Louis was nurtured in an artistic and creative environment from a very young age.
In addition to the creative influences, Louis credits growing up surrounded by nature and a strong spiritual connection to his success. As a child he was the eternal explorer – scouting daily to discover birds, animals, and plants and experimenting with drawing and sculpting what he saw. Growing older the explorer found his passion in books of all kinds. An encyclopedic reader, Louis was driven to research and study all subjects from history and spirituality to science and engineering. As a teen he found his competitive spirit and drive as a championship tennis player – which also led him to create strong social and professional relationships. Naturally, upon this rich cultural experience, the foundation of the Maestro was formed.
After completing a degree in architecture and pursing further study in art school, Louis met his wife, the love of his life, architect and interior designer Luz Angela. He followed Luz Angela to Paris where they both earned master’s degrees in architecture. Upon their return, in addition to their architectural practice, they created BELT as a studio that combined their renewed passion for the classical foundations of art and design.
From 1985 to 1998 BELT grew into a successful company developing ornamental metal works, antique furniture lines, light fixtures, and office storage systems across several brands. The company had stores in Bogota, a distribution network across 10 cities, and manufacturing plants in both Bogota and Quindío. Over this decade Louis and Luz Angela also created 3 children, Valentina, Federico, and Maria Andrea.
In 1998, in efforts to manage the economic crisis in construction and real estate, Louis took the decision to move BELT headquarters and operations to Quindío – his childhood home and a place from which he could set his sights on new frontiers, inspired by the creativity he came to know in his youth. Shortly after that, the Quindío region was at the center of a massive earthquake that turned BELT facilities and most of the surrounding area to rubble.
Drawing upon his strong foundation, professional experience, faith and a winning mindset – Louis took the decision to re-build and re-generate operations in Colombia as well as establish a company presence in the USA. Today, celebrating over 30 years under the Maestro’s lead and a rich history, BELT maintains full operational activities in Colombia with offices in Florida and New York and serves an international clientele in every corner of the globe.