Cletus Behlmann

Behlmann is a Marianist religious brother who was born in Florissant, Missouri. His first art lesson was in El Paso, Texas at the age of 28. In the 52 years since, he has traveled much of the world and painted thousands of works of art. He taught elementary and high school for 19 years before becoming a full time artist. For 42 years he has maintained a studio-gallery showing his worlds exclusively. He has been represented by several other galleries. With a distinct style and a colorful palate, his works can be seen and enjoyed in homes, in offices and in public spaces.

Over the years he has worked in watercolor, acrylic, handmade paper, ceramics, linoleum cuts, stained glass, metal sculpture and other media. His themes range from folk art to religious to abstract. Concerning his work, he commented: “I have been blessed with a gift and I use it in celebration of life.”

His gallery is at 2507-B NW 36th Street. Hours 1-4 p.m., Monday through Saturday. (210) 771-8305. A call ahead is appreciated.