For more than twenty-five years Leopoldo Cuspinera Madrigal has been focused on the dynamic relationship between landscape and memory. His works are representations of the past, present, and future spirit of place, in a single moment. As humans continue to plunge into the future, the land is depicted as an immense keeper, as a memorial even, and radiates an ethereal quality. This is in part the result of mixing recycled paper and paper pulp with resins and pigments. Parts of the process are based on the Mexican Papel Amate fabrication, but also on collage, papier-mâché, and paper incisions. Oils, chalk, charcoal, gold, silver, and bronze are used to enhance what emerges from the dialog between Cuspinera and the material.
Mexican artist, architect, and academic. His works have been exhibited in more than 20 thematic individual exhibitions in galleries, institutions, and museums in Mexico, Europe, and USA.
Cuspinera also has participated in artistic and architectural projects related to liturgical adaptations, iconography and conservation, recovery and resignification of cultural assets. He has completed postgraduate studies related to the history of liturgical art and architecture, defence of cultural heritage, and museumization.
SELECTED EXHIBITION RECORD
Solastalgia II. Space Gallery. Denver, Colorado, USA.
Soliphilia. Quittenbaum Gallery. Munich, Germany.
Solastalgia. Space Gallery. Denver, Colorado, USA.
Leopoldo Cuspinera Madrigal. Bentley Gallery, Projects Room. Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
Resonant. Tansey Contemporary Gallery. Denver Colorado, USA.
Paper Trail, medium and process. Santa Fe Clay Gallery. Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.
Karmel. Cathedral Center, Cameron Hall. Houston, Texas. USA.
Leopoldo Cuspinera. Obra más reciente (recent work). Galería Arte XXI, Mexico City, Mexico.
Leopoldo Cuspinera Madrigal. Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
Deesis. William Siegal Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.
Juegos de papel. Centro de las Artes de Queretaro, Mexico.
A Stone’s Throw. William Siegal Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, USA.
UP Focus. The DeVos Art Museum, Marquette, Michigan, USA.
Memoriascapes. William Siegal Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.
Unearthing/Reconstructing: pieces of landscape. City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center, USA.
Peripatetic experience with the landscape. Finlandia University, Reflection Gallery, Hancock, Michigan, USA.
Landscape: a memorial artifact. Michigan Technological University Cultural Center, USA.
Aqua (Water). Spazio Biosfera, Padua, Italy.
Paesaggi, visioni aumentate (Landscapes, augmented visions). PaRDeS, Mirano, Italy.
Alberi, Paesaggi, Memorie (Trees, Landscapes, Memory). Palazzo Guarnieri, Feltre, Italy.
Riciclare il Paesaggio (Recycling landscapes). University of Padua, Italy.
Centinelas del bosque (Sentinels of the forest). Complejo Cultural Universitario, Puebla, Mexico.
Meta-mémoire (Metamemory). Maison du Mexique, Paris, France.
Materia (Matter). Parque España de Puebla, Mexico.
Símbolos sacros de la vida (Sacred symbols of life). Galería El Greco, Veracruz, Mexico.
Leopoldo Cuspinera. At the 12th International Conference: Conservation of Historical Centers and Ibero-American Heritage. Puebla, Mexico.
Arbol, Vida, Luz (Tree, Life, Light). Casa de la Cultura. Gobierno del Estado de Puebla, Mexico.
Arbre, vie, lumiére (Tree, Life, Light). Saint-Etienne, Bottens, Switzerland.
Fenêtres II. Galerie Espacio, Morges, Switzerland.
Fenêtres. Gare de Sébeillon, Lausanne, Switzerland.
INTERNATIONAL ART FAIRS
Jackson Hole Fine Art Fair, Western Wildlife & Contemporary. Wyoming, USA.
Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary. FL, USA.
Art Palm Springs. Palm Springs Convention Center. CA, USA.
Annual Group Exhibition. Bentley Gallery. Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
$2,500 x 18, Bentley Gallery, Phoenix. Arizona, USA.
Same same but different, Lesmeister Gallery. Regensburg, Germany.
Winter Salon, Space Gallery, Denver CO. USA.
In the absence of color, Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
Abstractions 2018, Nüart Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.
Altered Landscapes. Space Gallery, Denver CO. USA.
Winter Group Show. William Siegal Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.
Hello! Bentley Gallery, Phoenix Az, USA.
Abstracted Landscapes, Four World Views. Space Gallery, Denver CO. USA.
Galería Arte XXI, Mexico City, Mexico.
SELECTED ARTISTIC AND ARCHITECTURAL PROJECTS
Iconographic and liturgical adaptation project, Design and development of altarpiece for the Parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Houston TX. USA
Iconography program. Reception John Paul II, 3 Children Martyrs of Tlaxcala, 25 Martyrs of the Cristera War, Beato Miguel Agustin Pro, and Altarpiece: Apotheosis. Upaep University Chapel Puebla, Mexico.
Liturgical adaptation and restoration project, and resident project manager. Mater Societatis Iesu Chapel (XVI Century), Collegio Internazionale del Gesú, Rome, Italy.
Scholarship from the European Community
Master’s Degree Erasmus Mundus TPTI
Scholarship from the National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA). Mexico
Conservando Colendoque. Diplomate Maiore de Patrimonio Culturali Ecclesiae.
Being there in art and church, art collections. Museums of the Diocese. Regensburg, Germany.
Artwork selected: the Tree - the Gardener - the Orchard.
New Mexico Arts AIPP (Art in Public Places), Santa Fe NM (U.S.A). Finalist.
Parfum de Bethany Foundation, Saint Maurice (Switzerland). Residency.
Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome (Italy). Summa cum laude.