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ABOUT

INTRODUCTION

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.

​BIOGRAPHY

 

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

 

SOLO SHOWS

2021

Solastalgia II. Space Gallery. Denver, Colorado, USA. 

2020

Soliphilia. Quittenbaum Gallery. Munich, Germany.

2020

Solastalgia. Space Gallery. Denver, Colorado, USA. 

 

2019                     

Leopoldo Cuspinera Madrigal. Bentley Gallery, Projects Room. Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

 

2019

Resonant. Tansey Contemporary Gallery. Denver Colorado, USA.

 

2018-2019 

Paper Trail, medium and process. Santa Fe Clay Gallery. Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.

 

2018   

Karmel. Cathedral Center, Cameron Hall. Houston, Texas. USA.

 

2017-2018 

Leopoldo Cuspinera. Obra más reciente (recent work). Galería Arte XXI, Mexico City, Mexico.

 

2017 

Leopoldo Cuspinera Madrigal. Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

 

2017 

Deesis. William Siegal Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.

 

2016 

Juegos de papel. Centro de las Artes de Queretaro, Mexico.

 

2015 

A Stone’s Throw. William Siegal Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, USA.

 

2015   

UP Focus. The DeVos Art Museum, Marquette, Michigan, USA.

 

2014 

Memoriascapes. William Siegal Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.

 

2014 

Unearthing/Reconstructing: pieces of landscape. City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center, USA.

 

2014 

Peripatetic experience with the landscape. Finlandia University, Reflection Gallery, Hancock, Michigan, USA.

 

2014 

Landscape: a memorial artifact. Michigan Technological University Cultural Center, USA.

 

2012 

Aqua (Water). Spazio Biosfera, Padua, Italy.

 

2011 

Paesaggi, visioni aumentate (Landscapes, augmented visions). PaRDeS, Mirano, Italy.

 

2011 

Alberi, Paesaggi, Memorie (Trees, Landscapes, Memory). Palazzo Guarnieri, Feltre, Italy.

 

2011 

Riciclare il Paesaggio (Recycling landscapes). University of Padua, Italy.

 

2010 

Centinelas del bosque (Sentinels of the forest). Complejo Cultural Universitario, Puebla, Mexico.

 

2009 

Meta-mémoire (Metamemory). Maison du Mexique, Paris, France.

 

2008 

Materia (Matter). Parque España de Puebla, Mexico.

 

2007 

Símbolos sacros de la vida (Sacred symbols of life). Galería El Greco, Veracruz, Mexico.

 

2007 

Leopoldo Cuspinera. At the 12th International Conference: Conservation of Historical Centers and Ibero-American Heritage. Puebla, Mexico.

 

2007 

Arbol, Vida, Luz (Tree, Life, Light). Casa de la Cultura. Gobierno del Estado de Puebla, Mexico.

 

2006 

Arbre, vie, lumiére (Tree, Life, Light). Saint-Etienne, Bottens, Switzerland.

 

2005   

Fenêtres II. Galerie Espacio, Morges, Switzerland.

 

2004 

Fenêtres. Gare de Sébeillon, Lausanne, Switzerland.

INTERNATIONAL ART FAIRS

 

2019 

Jackson Hole Fine Art Fair, Western Wildlife & Contemporary. Wyoming, USA.

 

2019 

Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary. FL, USA.

 

2017 

Art Palm Springs.  Palm Springs Convention Center. CA, USA.

 

 

GROUP SHOWS

 

2020                     

Annual Group Exhibition. Bentley Gallery. Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

2020 

$2,500 x 18, Bentley Gallery, Phoenix. Arizona, USA.

 

2020 

Same same but different, Lesmeister Gallery. Regensburg, Germany.

 

2019-2020 

Winter Salon, Space Gallery, Denver CO. USA.

 

2019   

In the absence of color, Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

2018   

Abstractions 2018, Nüart Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.

 

2017   

Altered Landscapes. Space Gallery, Denver CO. USA.

 

2016-2017 

Winter Group Show. William Siegal Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.

 

2016   

Hello! Bentley Gallery, Phoenix Az, USA.

 

2016   

Abstracted Landscapes, Four World Views. Space Gallery, Denver CO. USA.

 

2015 

Galería Arte XXI, Mexico City, Mexico.

SELECTED ARTISTIC AND ARCHITECTURAL PROJECTS

2018 

Iconographic and liturgical adaptation project, Design and development of altarpiece for the Parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Houston TX. USA

 

2015 

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.

 

2005  

Liturgical adaptation and restoration project, and resident project manager. Mater Societatis Iesu Chapel (XVI Century), Collegio Internazionale del Gesú, Rome, Italy.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

2009-2011          

Scholarship from the European Community 

Master’s Degree Erasmus Mundus TPTI 

 

2003-2005          

Scholarship from the National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA). Mexico

Conservando Colendoque. Diplomate Maiore de Patrimonio Culturali Ecclesiae.

AWARDS

 

2020 

Being there in art and church, art collections. Museums of the Diocese. Regensburg, Germany.

Artwork selected: the Tree - the Gardener - the Orchard.

 

2015

New Mexico Arts AIPP (Art in Public Places), Santa Fe NM (U.S.A). Finalist.

2006               

Parfum de Bethany Foundation, Saint Maurice (Switzerland). Residency.

2005               

Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome (Italy). Summa cum laude.