Leopoldo Cuspinera


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Cuspineras depictions function as memorial artifacts, in some way they show veiled and unveiled segments of reality. He argues that these segments permit him 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 and the representations radiate an ethereal quality. The technique is based on pre-Columbian paper fabrication: the Mexican Papel Amate.Cuspinera has transformed that technique by adding resins and other materials such as recycled paper pulp, oils, chalk, charcoal, gold, silver, and bronze. In order to achieve an adequate conservation of the works, he makes sure that the PH maintains a neutral or alkaline level.

The paintings are attempts to depict, rather than mere landscapes, 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, sometimes confronting less than hospitable terrains, ghosts of man-made traces, footprints, and architectural past.


2009 – 2011

History of Science and History of Technology (University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, France) ; Management and Enhancement of the Cultural and Historical Heritage (University of Evora, Portugal), Historical Science (University of Padua, Italy)


Diploma in Scientific, Technical and Industrial Heritage.

1996 – 1997

Diploma in Theology. Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico)

1989 – 1994

BA in Architecture. Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla ( Mexico)

Solo exhibitions (selection)


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

Resonant. Leopoldo Cuspinera Madrigall, recent work. Tansey Contemporary. Denver, Colorada, USA

2018 – 2019

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


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

2017 – 2018

Leopoldo Cuspinera. Obra más reciente. Galería Arte XXI, Mexico City.


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


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


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

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

Landscape: a memorial artifact. Rozsa Gallery Houghton, Michigan, USA.

Group exhibitions (selection)


SAME SAME but different. Galerie Isabelle Lesmeister, Regensburg, Germany.


art-pla. Ex-Fábrica la Constanza Mexicana. Puebla, Mexico.

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

Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary (fair). Florida, USA.


Abstractions 2018, Nüart Gallery, Sanra Fe, NEw Mexico, USA.


Art Palm Springs (fair). Palm Springs, CA, USA.

Altered Landscapes. Space Gallery, Denver, CO, USA.


A Stone’s Throw. Two person show. William Siegal Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.


Galerie Espacio, Morges, Switzerland.


Galleria Guazzolini, Rome, Italy.


Casa Poblana exhibition espace, Puebla, Mexico.


Casa de la Cultura, Puebla, Mexico.


2009 – 2011

Scholarship from the European Community (Masters Degree Erasmus Mundus TPTI)

2003 – 2005

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

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