• Nubes (1)
    • Triptych
    • Mixed Media
    • 42" x 22.4"
    • Nubes (2)
    • Triptych
    • Mixed Media
    • 42" x 22.4"
    • Nubes (3)
    • Triptych
    • Mixed Media
    • 42" x 22.4"
    • Memento Mori
    • Diptych
    • Mixed Media
    • 58.5" x 12.5" each
    • Tree of the City
    • Mixed Media
    • 23.8" x 5.5"
    • Bosque de Papel
    • Mixed Media
    • 15" x 58.7"
    • Among the Trees
    • Mixed Media
    • 48.4 x 60.2"
    • Vega
    • Diptych
    • Mixed Media
    • 12.4" x 36" each
    • En el Sol
    • Diptych
    • Mixed Media
    • 22" x 68"
    • Among the Trees IV
    • Polyptych
    • Mixed Media
    • 26" x 21.3" each
    • SOLD
    • Among the Trees III
    • Diptych
    • Mixed Media
    • 15.7" x 22.8" each
    • Walkers
    • Triptych
    • Mixed Media
    • 11.3" x 34"
    • Silence in the Trees/li>
    • Triptych
    • Mixed Media
    • 7.9" x 23.6"
    • Blood and Sap
    • Polyptych
    • Mixed Media
    • 11" x 11" each

Artist Statement

For more than twenty years I have been focused on the dynamic relationship between landscape and memory as a painter and academic. I think because I do not want to lose my own memory, I use many objects to trigger it. I have taken what is already there, in different places, and I transform it. I have memories collected while on an intense journey, starting in my home country of Mexico; later in Europe, and currently in the United States. In this way, I give the landscape back what it has given me and what I need to remember.

My paintings function as memorial artifacts, in some way they show veiled and unveiled segments of reality or aspects of life: fascinating, mysterious, complex and sometimes also dramatic. These segments permit me to observe details which otherwise would be lost in the immensity.

Because of the nature of the technique used, the form emerges from the material itself: water and vegetable fibers. The technique is based on ancient paper fabrication: the Japanese Washi and the Mexican Papel Amate. I have transformed these techniques by adding resins and other materials such as recycled paper pulp, oils, chalk, charcoal, gold, silver, and bronze.

The paintings have been created in an intuitive way; nevertheless there is an underlying imaginary structure that supports them, revealing the logic in the resulting forms. The structure follows an essential movement:
For each descending line there is a corresponding ascending line. Light returns us to the Divine Light.
Human beings reach out to that which is immaterial by means of that which is material.

Artist Bio

Mexican artist, architect, and academic; Cuspinera is interested in address environmental and social contexts of historical industry, sacred architecture and art, the relationship between humans and landscape, as well as the museumization, conservation, and enhancement of natural and cultural legacy. He produce and promote new works that demonstrate both evolution and continuity based on pre-existing tangible and intangible heritage.

Cuspinera has a B.A. in Architecture; Master Degrees in Management and Enhancement of the Cultural Heritage, Sacred Art and Architecture, and most recently studied Historical Sciences, Industrial Heritage, and Archaeology.

 

Selected Exhibitions

2015 A Stone’s Throw. William Siegal Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2015 UP Focus. The DeVos Art Museum, Marquette, Michigan

2014 Memoriascapes. William Siegal Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2014 Unearthing/Reconstruction: Pieces if Landscape. City of Marquette, Michigan

2013 Among the Trees. Omphale Gallery, Calumet, Michigan

2013 Silence. Omphale Gallery, Calumet, Michigan

2012 Aqua. Spazio Biosfera, Padua, Italy

2011 Alberi, Paesaggi, Memorie. Palazzo Guarnieri, Feltre, Italy

2011 Ricilare il Paesaggio. Dipartimento di Storia, Universita di Padua, Italy.

2010 Sentinelle del Bosco. Complejo Cultural Universitario, Pueblo, Mexico

2009 Meta-Mémorie. Maison du Mexique, Paris, France

2008 Materia. Parque Espana de Puebla, Mexico

Group Exhibitions

Mexico: Trasgú y los Sapos, Plaza de los Sapos, Galeria La Noria, Casa Poblana, Memoria, Living, Gladós, Tan Tan, Parque Espana, Prissa, Mesón del Molino, Puebla.

Italy: Galleria Guazzolini, Rome. Anna Breda Arte Contemporanea, Padua.

Switzerland: Local d’Art Contemporain, Vevey. Galerie Espacio, Morges.

United States: Great Lakes Showcase. Rozsa Arts Center, Houghton, MI.

reviews

“Cuspinera’s paintings inhabit the spaces between the past and present. He explores these spaces using symbolism, history, and a large amount of intuition. On first glance the paintings radiate an ethereal quality – the viewer is drawn into an immense depth of material surface. Cuspinera makes his own paper using natural fibers such as bark, cotton or even recycled paper.”

“Trees line up across the horizon, side by side, directly addressing the viewer. Other times less organic objects appear, man-made ghosts of an architectural past.”

“After spending some time with the work, it becomes more apparent that nature and the man-made ebb and flow across the surface in a delicate exchange. Cuspinera expresses a true sensitivity to the natural landscape- from the gentle wisps of freshly fallen snow to the awe-inspiring grandeur of a rugged vista. In this scenery, Cuspinera also alludes to the traces or footprints left by man. The result is layers of endless amounts of memory. As humans continue to expand and infiltrate even what are considered less than hospitable terrains, everything in our view holds a remembrance of the past. The land becomes an immense keeper, a memorial even, as humans continue to plunge into the future.”

Melissa Matuscak

Director and Curator DeVos Art Museum