Eastern Bluebird. Detail. 2014

The Paper Birds of Diana Beltran Herrera

Nature, it has often been said, is the greatest artist of them all, and nowhere is this made more clear than in the elegant and often breathtaking colours in the plumage of birds. These images show the breadth of colours in nature’s palette, from the small incremental changes in the feathers of the humble garden bird to the show-off extravagance of their tropical cousins. The beautiful birds below however are all the work of paper artist Diana Beltran Herrera. Stunningly lifelike, fascinatingly constructed and with an expert eye for the colour combinations and effects of the natural world, each one is painstakingly created from cut paper. After graduating from her BA degree in industrial Design at the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University (Bogota, Colombia) in 2010, Diana began working as an artist exploring the patterns found in nature, and creating sculptures that comment on nature’s necessary impermanence. Today she is highly sought after to bring her skills to external projects, including a set of stamps featuring birds of the world.

Diana Beltran Herrera

From Exotic Birds 2012, Diana Beltran Herrera. Photos: Victoria Holguin

Diana Beltran Herrera

From Birds of Florida, Diana Beltran Herrera

Diana Beltran Herrera

Blue masked lovebird (male and female) 2015

Eastern Bluebird. Detail. 2014

Eastern Bluebird. Detail. 2014

Red throated hummingbird

Red throated hummingbird, 2014

Great tit

Great tit, 2015

For more inspiring birds in all their subtle-hued glory check out Diana’s website, where you can also find her work to purchase. She also runs workshops on how to create paper art yourself, and you can find a fascinating set of photographs documenting exactly how these true-to-life art objects are created.

paper birds

Working process in the studio. 2014

Ros Anderson


Ros Anderson is an interiors journalist and blogger who has worked for The Guardian, Elle Decoration, Ideal Home and many more. In 2009 she co-founded cult interiors blog My Friend's House with Jill Macnair, as a place to write about design in a more honest, spontaneous and humorous way.

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