Bio

Edward_Belbruno

Dr. Edward Belbruno was born in 1951 in Heidelberg, Germany, in the wake of World War II. His father was a US army officer stationed in Germany. At two years of age, his mother and father returned to their home in New London, CT. Dr.Belbruno spent his childhood in New London, and he attended Mitchell College, where he studied painting and exhibited his first solo art show. He was influenced at that time by the exciting environment of the 1960’s. In 1971, he left New London to attend New York University on full scholarship for undergraduate, graduate and doctoral work in chaos mathematics. In 1990 he went to work for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, designing routes of robotic spacecraft to Jupiter, Saturn and other planets. While there, he formulated a new type of trajectory to the Moon which was dramatically demonstrated when he used it to rescue a Japanese lunar probe and get it to the Moon in 1991. This trajectory was inspired by a painting he did. While pursuing dual careers in art and math, his interest in the universe and scientific research left imprints in his paintings. In 1992, Dr. Belbruno abandoned his math and science career and moved to Minnesota to live in an artist community in St. Paul called the Rossmor. In an inefficiently heated building, he delved more deeply into his art. In 1998, he moved to Princeton, NJ, to pursue his painting career and to rejoin the math and science community as a researcher for Princeton University. In 2006, Dr. Belbruno’s style shifted into Abstract Expressionism. In 2016, Dr. Belbruno’s work displayed media purity that express his sense of beauty and balance in the cosmos and a newfound harmony in his personal reality. Dr. Belbruno paints in spontaneity from a source he calls the Universe.